Thursday, September 18, 2008

"Irrelevant, Unobservable, Impractical,.."

Interesting letter from Charles Gallo in September's issue of PHYSICS TODAY:

"I will take the discussion further and include physics TV programs, such as some shown on NOVA and the Science Channel, that are even less relevant than physics classes. Those TV shows emphasize irrelevant, unobservable, impractical, and inaccessible subjects such as mysterious dark matter, dark energy, black holes, parallel universes and string theory -- all subjects that have no relevance to the daily lives or ordinary people."

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Blogger qraal said...

Physics for the everyday might have practical outcomes, but bores people stupid. Though a basic understanding of physics in everyday life would be worthwhile.

2:31 PM  
Blogger L. Riofrio said...

You mention Charles Sheffield and the uses of mini Black Holes. Their energy could make nulear power look feeble and crude. In 100 years the world's energy may be provided by them.

3:13 AM  

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