Aaron begins grad school, fearful that he can’t compete. He’s about to form powerful friendships and learn how physics and spirituality intersect. Meet his new officemate Hiroshi, who enjoys beer and trying new words, often with hilarious consequences. Laugh at his battle of wits with comedian Dennis Miller. Timil has trouble with physics and a harder subject… baseball. Yen likes bathroom graffiti and the racier parts of the Bible. Dr. Jacob teaches Aaron about the true origin of the universe, while Roche and Grace impact his life in fantastic ways. Together they face the dreaded qualifier, a comprehensive exam standing in the way of the prize of a Ph.D. When Aaron detects signals from Leila, an undergrad beauty, uncertainty rules his life. She’s his student, which makes misreading the signals costly. Then a trashcan provides a golden opportunity for Aaron. But is it one that he can accept?
Here Eyeball This! will disabuse you of any notion that Ph.D. science programs are populated by dull people engaged in boring activities. This is a story of colorful, eccentric characters from around the world that are thrust together in the stressful and competitive environment of physics graduate school. Cultures clash in unexpected ways and language barriers result in sidesplitting miscommunications.
The dead-tree version is still available, for as little as $0.99 used. I am tempted to buy a used version to see if it is my wife selling the author's complimentary copies I have at the house!