Physics tropes

In analogy to Television tropes and idioms I will be collecting here physics tropes. Please help complete the list.

Trope refers to story components or elements which have become standardized through decades (or more) of use.

Most of physics is done by puns and tropes. For instance,

Trope –> Symmetry
Subverted trope –> broken symmetry

Physics tropes

  • Big Bang
  • Universe-cosmos
  • Fabric of spacetime warped by mass
  • Ants on light pole
  • Flatland
  • FRW universe
  • AdS spacetimes
  • The World Series
  • Gravity the weakest force (proved by dropping a paper clip)

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