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I feel sick from my biologist friend

  1. Feb 3, 2010 #1
    I have a friend who is a major in biology and he asked me why Newtonian physics is still being taught in higschool and college since he said Einstein "destroyed" (yes that was his term) Newtonian physics, and I said "you should stick to biology" and went home sick from hearing it...:yuck:
     
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  3. Feb 3, 2010 #2
    You should have said Darwin was wrong and evolution is "just a theory".
     
  4. Feb 3, 2010 #3
    lol, yeah! that would have spited him :rofl:
     
  5. Feb 3, 2010 #4

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    I can't even count the times biologist friends have made me barf, but it was for completely different reasons. I'm not sure we should allow them in polite company.
     
  6. Feb 3, 2010 #5
    I just learned the gastro-intestinal tract is considered part of the outside of the body. Biologists don't consider them inside till they cross a tissue wall.
     
  7. Feb 4, 2010 #6

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    I can't imagine a mathematician would consider it "inside" either.
     
  8. Feb 4, 2010 #7

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    Fricken topology...making anatomy more disgusting since 1954. (Yes, that year is totally random)
     
  9. Feb 4, 2010 #8
    I think you need to get your priorities in order if you get up and leave your friends for not knowing something about physics when it's pretty clear they have never taken a physics class.
     
  10. Feb 4, 2010 #9
    Yeah, the human body is a torus. So cool.
     
  11. Feb 4, 2010 #10
    I'm pretty sure he and other biologists have at least taken physics classes in highschool so he should have at least basic knowledge about physics, unless of course he went through college thinking his highschool physics teacher taught him wrong stuff :yuck:
     
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  12. Feb 4, 2010 #11
    Anyone who majors in Biology has to pass a basic intro to physics course. That accomplished, they promptly forget it all. Same for anyone going into medicine. In the course of fulfilling that prerequisite, your friend clearly got Einstein's effect on classical physics garbled up.
     
  13. Feb 4, 2010 #12

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    We remind them again when they get to med school. I don't know how many times in the past couple of weeks I've had to say to a med student, "That's why you had to take physics to get into med school."

    There are so many more fun ways to gross out people with biology, it's a shame to have to resort to a lack of knowledge of physics. :rolleyes:
     
  14. Feb 4, 2010 #13
    I majored in Zoology (for pre-med/pre-dent), and got MORE interested in physics-

    -partly due to the physics teachers, and the ones who said, "We don't know why/what/how those things work"
     
  15. Feb 4, 2010 #14

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    Well, Einstein's SR and GR did supersede Newton's F=ma and Law of universal gravitation in precision and range of effectiveness (although, F=dp/dt still works). I, myself wouldn't call that "destroyed", but I can see where he's coming from...
     
  16. Feb 5, 2010 #15
    Newton is my source of inspiration and i love physics.
     
  17. Feb 5, 2010 #16
    You've never read the history about him, have you? Probably the last person to aspire to.
     
  18. Feb 5, 2010 #17
    My thoughts too when I read his post, unless you want to be a secluded eccentric.
     
  19. Feb 5, 2010 #18
    I remember Feynman has said something about this topic in his Lectures
     
  20. Feb 5, 2010 #19
    hahaha so true! he probably hasn't seen Newton playing poker yet! :rofl:

     
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  21. Feb 5, 2010 #20
    You should tell him to solve all his biology problems by applying quantum physics/chemistry. And, tell him to use the relativistic version of QM, since standard QM theory is not really correct.
     
  22. Feb 5, 2010 #21
    Einstein wouldn't have been able to formulate his theory of relativity if Newton hadn't first laid down the foundations, general relativity is indeed a replacement of universal gravitation but special relativity is just a modification/expansion of Newtonian physics (when approaching the speed of light) the reason we even have theories of relativity is that they use Newton's first law in the first place, and besides, Einstein's theory of gravity was dependent on Riemannian geometry and special relativity was dependent on Minkowski space, Albert had a LOT of help to able to come up with his theories.
     
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  23. Feb 5, 2010 #22

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    And 1/12 of humans are Taurus, too.
     
  24. Feb 5, 2010 #23
    The real point is: almost no one needs to use Relativity. I started a thread a few years back asking when and where Relativity is actually applied. There was a lot of head scratching and the best answer anyone could give was that it might be used by researchers to analyze what was going on in particle accelerators. I'm sure pure theorists use it all the time, but the average engineer, biologist, doctor never touches it. The question should not be why is Newtonian Physics still taught, but "Why is Relativity ever taught in a prerequisite course?"
     
  25. Feb 5, 2010 #24

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    You should come and have lunch with me, if you dare :biggrin:
     
  26. Feb 6, 2010 #25
    You need it for GPS technology:
    http://www.astronomy.ohio-state.edu/~pogge/Ast162/Unit5/gps.html
     
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