Am I the only one who thinks the physics logo says "sombrero" louder than it says "physics"?

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It's the well known (among physicists and enthusiasts) as the Mexican hat potential. It's involved in the mechanism of the Higgs Boson/God Particle.

Yes, it looks like a sombrero...

Anyways, I've never seen a sombrero made of green mesh.. IMO, anything that looks meshy is probably a graph.

I don't know about what most laymen would think, though.

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    $\begingroup$ It would be fun to test; I'm getting a P.SE tshirt sooner or later. Put tape on the sitename and roam around, asking people what they think it is. Of course, knowing me, they will know that it's not as simple as a sombrero :P $\endgroup$ – Manishearth Mar 20 '12 at 13:39
  • $\begingroup$ That would be awesome! You could ask people in a crowd somewhere where people wouldn't be so likely to catch on. lol $\endgroup$ – Nathan Arthur Mar 20 '12 at 15:16
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    $\begingroup$ You should make a movie from walking around and asking people and put it on Youtube, LOl :-) $\endgroup$ – Dilaton Mar 20 '12 at 16:00
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    $\begingroup$ If you ask most non-programmers what the Stack Overflow logo is, they'd probably think of a slinky... the point is, having a logo that wouldn't be recognized by non-specialists is fine, and in fact one might argue that it bolsters the image of the site as being targeted at experts. $\endgroup$ – David Z Mar 21 '12 at 1:44
  • $\begingroup$ @DavidZaslavsky Even as a (hobby) programmer, the logo only makes sense if you look at the sitename first. Otherwise it's a slinky. :) The math.SE one makes no sense either. $\endgroup$ – Manishearth Mar 21 '12 at 2:20
  • $\begingroup$ @Manishearth If you look carefully, the Math.SE logo is actually an impossible object similar to the Penrose triangle. Of course, if you look hard enough, Physics.SE's logo doesn't quite look like an Mexican hat either :P $\endgroup$ – Yi Jiang Apr 27 '12 at 17:11

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