“What is your first wish?” said the genie.

“Magnetic monopoles,” I declared.

“But they’re useless. That’s why we optimized them out of the universe to begin with.”

“I know, but I want Maxwell’s equations to be more symmetrical.”

A pause. “It is done.”

I felt nothing different, except the vicarious satisfaction of a million engineering students.

@FutzleFiction This explains why this ended up being discovered recently!

Also, this video is great:

@FutzleFiction Are magnetic monopoles really useless though? From what I understand of them, they sound very use_ful_, even just for engineering reasons.

@koz_ross In a universe that already has genies, who needs magnetic monopoles!

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