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What Should Non-Scientists Learn From Physics?

June 11 2017 at 2:33 PM
Max 

 

What Should Non-Scientists Learn From Physics?






This is, of course, a difficult question to answer as an academic, because as somebody who's spent the last twenty-mumble years making a living doing physics, there's an enormous list of specific physics content that I find important and useful. There's a wealth of material just in classical physics that would be helpful for everyone to know. Newton's Laws of mechanics, and the follow-on ideas of energy, momentum, and angular momentum conservation are extremely useful for understanding what goes on in any number of everyday situations, which can enrich your life even if you don't get any practical use out of it-- I regularly plug Rhett Allain's blogging for Wired, for example, and his video analyses are an excellent example of this. You're probably not actually going to do any of the tricks and stunts he breaks down, but it's fun knowing how those things work all the same.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/chadorzel/2017/06/09/what-should-non-scientists-learn-from-physics/#54e2518030e7








 
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Amigo

Re: What Should Non-Scientists Learn From Physics?

June 11 2017, 9:16 PM 


>>>What Should Non-Scientists Learn From Physics?

Not to start with assumptions they can't get rid of, even if they turn out to be wrong, such as the universal speed limit of light in Einstein's physics.

 
 
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Re: What Should Non-Scientists Learn From Physics?

June 12 2017, 9:50 AM 

Simple equations of motion would be a good entry point.
Then they would learn that x=ct describes the propagation of a single point of a light beam (e.g. a wave crest) and that the subsequent wave crest is described by x=c(t-T)=ct-lambda. And they might understand that the Lorentz transformation was derived only for x=ct and is not valid for any other point of the same light beam.

 
 
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Re: What Should Non-Scientists Learn From Physics?

June 12 2017, 2:10 PM 

Thank you for this great contribution to science. Pardon me for questioning such an erudite presentation, but just how does one go about measuring (t-T) in the signal carrier?

 
 
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Re: What Should Non-Scientists Learn From Physics?

June 12 2017, 9:31 PM 


 
 
 
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