Thursday, April 1, 2010

I've Seen the Light!



Inspired by the Geneva scientists who successfully smashed atoms at high speed this week, I have decided to devote this blog to physics.

Physics covers a wide range of phenomena, from the smallest sub-atomic particles (such as quarks, neutrinos and electrons), to the largest galaxies. Included in these phenomena are the most basic objects from which all other things are composed, and therefore physics is sometimes called the "fundamental science".

While physics deals with a wide variety of systems, there are certain theories that are used by all physicists. These central theories are important tools for research into more specialized topics, and any physicist is expected to be literate in them. These include classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, electromagnetism, and special relativity.

Starting today, this blog will be devoted to my study of these central theories. Check back tomorrow for my expostulation on thermodynamics and the important unsolved theoretical problems of high-temperature superconductivity.

12 comments :

  1. ????

    Okay, you got me!

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  2. Ha! Last year you promised all kitties. And where are they??? I don't believe you anymore. :-)

    Happy April Fools!
    Lezlie

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  3. Happy April Fool's to you too!

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  4. Happy April Fool's to you too!

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  5. Haha! The sad thing is that I would keep reading even if it was all about physics. What can I say? I'm a nerd.

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  6. Happy April Fool's!

    Yes, I did promise and all-kitten blog last year. I thought physics looked more plausible. Given my severe limitations with science (sorry Kristen), there is nothing plausible about it.

    I couldn't even think of a physics graphic -- since I used a periodic table as my illustration, maybe I should have gone with chemistry . . .

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  7. Nothing like a graphic of an elephant going down a ramp to indicate physics! But chemistry is cool too...

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  8. I was trying to think of a polite way to tell you that the periodic table was more chemistry-ish than physics-ish, so thank goodness you pointed it out yourself. LOL!

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  9. Nice one. But physics is fun too.

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  10. Biblibio -- Elephant? Ramp? See, you've lost me already.

    Ali -- Chemistry or physics, it's a blur to me. I have the grace to be embarrassed that I took "nutrition" for a science credit in college. Pass/fail.

    Sheila -- The last time I had fun with science was analyzing the vitamin C content of an orange (see above). But I'll take your word for it. :)

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  11. WHO ARE YOU??? AND WHAT HAVE YOU DONE WITH MY DAUGHTER????!!!!

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