Can we talk about Hannibal’s educational background for a minute?
Okay, you guys know the scene at Will’s house in Digestivo where Hannibal’s doing what looks like some heavy-duty physics before he asks Will about teacups and time and the rules of disorder? Well, this bullshit right here is quantum field theory. In my understanding (imparted to me by my college bestie, @riteofswing, thanks dear), QFT is a subject theoretical physics graduate students can study after a grad-level course in quantum mechanics. I suppose it’s possible for an ambitious undergraduate to pick it up after a rigorous course in QM, and Hannibal is nothing if not ambitious. You know in college he was that obnoxious guy studying super-hard subjects “in his free time”.
So did he study physics formally? Or does he just have a good math background and he’s assuming he can maybe get something out of this? It’s not out of the question for a doctor to have studied physics, my undergrad department liked to remind us that physics students are among the highest scorers on the MCAT… (Did he go to med school in the U.S. or Europe? Do we know?)
Headcanons? Extraneous knowledge that could rule out possibilities? Is Hanni just full of bullshit? Am I ruining this by trying to analyze it?
I kind of want Hannibal to have studied physics as an undergraduate, that would make my lil heart happy, but I want to hear what other people think!