Original English Version*
Physicist aren't exactly known for their fancy clothes and the typical
physicist's idea of accessorizing is a shirt pocket full of pens. So, having a
physicist review fashion is a bit like having a sewage worker review
fragrances. However, among my peers, I am uniquely qualified to critique
fashion: I once had a student say that I "dressed neat" in my year-end
The Chanel golden chain seems to have been inspired by a figure out of a
material-sciences technical journal. The golden spheres appear to represent atoms
and the connecting strands represent the electrons binding the atoms together.
The random orientation of the strands and spheres conjures up the image of
polymer chains such as in the molecular structure of plastics. If this piece
turns out to be a hit, look for a whole new wave of physics-inspired fashion
such as radioactive evening wear or micro-chip earrings...Or maybe not.
*The German version is slightly different from what I submitted. The editors
thought socks and sandels was more appropriate than pocket protectors and pens.