Physics demonstrators who do cool things: Gerald Zani


“…[He] plays intense classical music during demos, providing a much-needed soundtrack to the study of physics.”

 “He is literally my favorite part of physics class any time he shows up!”

 “ *Creepy voice* We have named our secret society after you…”

As evidenced by the above quotes, physics students think very highly of the goggle-wearing man on the right. I’m not saying that 9 a.m. classes are dreadful, but 9 a.m. classes are dreadful. Even if it’s a class you absolutely love, it’s an indisputable fact that 9 a.m.s make our souls ache and our life forces dwindle. If you’re in a morning physics class though, you know that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

If luck is on your side, your last five minutes of class will be occupied by a most wonderful spectacle. You’ll see Gerald Zani, the manager of demonstrations in the physics department, enter the room and start shuffling around an intriguing setup, preparing to begin his demonstration. Brown’s physics minions commonly refer to the man as Jerry; he’ll put on some dramatic music and turn off the lights, and all will be well in the world.

Jerry is the wizard of the physics department. He is in charge of setting up demos for classes so students can witness physical concepts in action. Get to know the physics man of steel…after the jump.

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