The scientist sat by the side of the small lake, obsessively working out the mysteries of string theory, which on this early-spring day meant attempting to unsnarl the line from his young son's fishing pole.
As always, the math guy was trying to solve for "y" - or given this current conundrum, "Why?"
Why did he give up a Mets preseason game on TV to bring the boy here to learn how to fish with an open-face reel?
Why didn't he just get the kid one of those push-button Zebco reels that any lad can learn to use?
In the …