Why do you love physics?

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I know most people are in here simply for homework help or just trying to pass the class.
But I think there are others who truly are interested and LOVE physics. Why? What aspect of this particular science appeals to you? I have heard physics being called "the poetry of mankind used to explain the universe". What do you think?
 

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Well maybe because it is deals with the 'fundamentals' of nature and is strongly related to philosophy and mathematics. But my definitive answer is 'Quantum Physics', when we had that in high school, that is the first time I can remember i thought 'physics is cool man', just beacause nature is not 'intuitive'...
 
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I love physics because it dives into the basic nature of how things work. Even if the subject itself doesn't completely come together in the end, there are still moments of clarity where parts of things come together and you can say to yourself "oh, so that could account for why this happens." It is enormously satisfying when these moments happen. Chemistry is an empty subject without physics explaining how and why things are happening, and almost all of the useful ideas in Biology are built on the backbone of Chemistry. Therefore, Physics is not only potentially the most satisfying of the main sciences, but if your goal is to achieve a deep understanding in another related science it is also the most important (it is simply a shame that it is the most difficult of the sciences as many are turned away from the subject long before they see the beauty in it).
 
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Physics (non-quantum) is essential in understand how things operate and what one should expect in witnessing or being part of a physical happening. I believe physics should be required as a pre-requisite to obtaining a driver's license.

Some physics lessons are learned by default as one does things like...fall down...get hit with a "softball"...sink in water...burn one's hand on the stove...spit into the wind..."fly" one's hand outside the car window...microwave an egg without venting it...get a palette blister from a hot pizza...get an "ice cream headache" from eating it too fast...have one's pants fall down for lack of a belt...wear out a pair of shoes...&c. These things do not require an understanding of mathematics.

To learn much about physics, one must also understanding math...the more the better.
 
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ahhh....--the mysteries.....


(to try to figure out)
 
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Well, I must admit I was a VERY poor student through High School. I was bored, and didn't consider that the things we were studying at the time would be a foundation for the more interesting things to come.

When I discovered the joy of physics, for the first time in my life I WANTED to learn the math, and to build the foundation I had earlier failed to build. Physics gives meaning and insight to the world around us.

As Feynman so succinctly put it "There are all kinds of interesting questions that come from a knowledge of science, which only adds to the excitement and mystery and awe..."

How true! And now that I'm getting my act together, I'm starting to see this excitement more every day.
 
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Well maybe because it is deals with the 'fundamentals' of nature and is strongly related to philosophy and mathematics. But my definitive answer is 'Quantum Physics', when we had that in high school, that is the first time I can remember i thought 'physics is cool man', just beacause nature is not 'intuitive'...

Exactly the same for me! My teacher showed us how to derive a formula of Quantum Mechanics (Something to do with Bohr's theory of hydrogen, I think. It was just basic algebra.) because I kept asking him to go into QM. I had a strong interest in the 'watered down' books put out by Brian Greene, Lisa Randall etc etc, but I have to say, those two higher level physics courses I took in high school (Along with the coolest teacher I have ever had) sparked my interest in math, physics and science. It's the biggest reason why I enrolled in college this year. I have to understand what it all 'means' in a mathematical sense!

Edit: jdlinke, I'm glad I'm not the only one in that situation! I even failed out of high school math!
 
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But I think there are others who truly are interested and LOVE physics. Why? What aspect of this particular science appeals to you? I have heard physics being called "the poetry of mankind used to explain the universe". What do you think?
I would completely agree with the "poetry of the Universe" thing. But I would also like to say that this is often not really a choice one makes. I did not make it. I just can't help it. Why do you love somebody ? Did you make a conscious choice at some point that you would be in love with somebody ?
 
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I love the feeling of solving a really tough problem. Especially, when I'm stumped for a while, then I get the A-HA! moment. Double especially if the method is particularly creative, that's a great feeling.
 
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I love the feeling of solving a really tough problem. Especially, when I'm stumped for a while, then I get the A-HA! moment. Double especially if the method is particularly creative, that's a great feeling.

That's much more like engineering job -
Software Engineers (you don't even know what's the problem :rofl:)!
 
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Exactly the same for me! My teacher showed us how to derive a formula of Quantum Mechanics (Something to do with Bohr's theory of hydrogen, I think. It was just basic algebra.) because I kept asking him to go into QM. I had a strong interest in the 'watered down' books put out by Brian Greene, Lisa Randall etc etc, but I have to say, those two higher level physics courses I took in high school (Along with the coolest teacher I have ever had) sparked my interest in math, physics and science. It's the biggest reason why I enrolled in college this year. I have to understand what it all 'means' in a mathematical sense!

Edit: jdlinke, I'm glad I'm not the only one in that situation! I even failed out of high school math!

I passed my math in High School, but with consistent D's, if you can really call that a passing grade :) I think the teachers felt pity for me. I wish I'd paid attention back then, because only now (8 years after graduating High School) am I really starting to have a solid mathematical foundation to stand upon.
 
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Its not so much my love of physics as my love of the people on this forum that keeps me coming back.
 
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I don't love physics. That would be illogical.






;)
 
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To me, it represents purity of thought. No religion, no politics, no psychology... no human variables. Math falls into the same category, but I have no understanding of it.
 
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From a young age I wanted to find out for myself how things worked and as a little kid I liked to take things apart and look inside them.Its a shame about the cat(kidding,I like cats and other animals)
 
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In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite.
- Paul Dirac

I wouldn't say that I love physics. After all, I am not a physicist. I derive a great deal of enjoyment trying to understand the models in the physics books (the ones Dirac says can be understood by everyone. Yikes). When I gain insight, I feel a sense of satisfaction that is hard to describe.
 
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From a young age I wanted to find out for myself how things worked and as a little kid I liked to take things apart and look inside them.Its a shame about the cat(kidding,I like cats and other animals)

:rofl:
Man, I can't tell you how many clocks, razors, toasters, etc. that I autopsied as a kid. Unfortunately, it took a few more years before I learned how to put them back together. :redface:
 
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Man, I can't tell you how many clocks, razors, toasters, etc. that I autopsied as a kid. Unfortunately, it took a few more years before I learned how to put them back together. :redface:

There was always extra hardware after I put things back together in that era.
 
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There was always extra hardware after I put things back together in that era.

Too right! If you rebuild an automatic transmission or a carbeurator, there's always one piece left over... and the damned thing works better without it.
 
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From a young age I wanted to find out for myself how things worked and as a little kid I liked to take things apart and look inside them.Its a shame about the cat(kidding,I like cats and other animals)

:rofl:

I would never outright hurt our cat back when I was a child, but I did empty the clothes hamper a couple times, dropped Schroeder in and G-force tested her for a couple of fast spins. I'm pretty sure she didn't think it was as fun as I thought it was. :rofl:
 
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I almost threw up from laughing so hard. Where did you get this?
 
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From a young age I was always very curious about the universe. I had to absolutely no everything about some system - how it worked and how different components interacted. It game me the feeling of being in control of the universe - I like to be the master of the universe!

Even now it's the same. I understand that physics can attempt to explain every single system at the grass roots level. This fascinated me. No other science is capable of such a thing without relying on physics and mathematics.

I am not satisfied knwoning nothing about some system in nature. Physics makes me satisified.

Physics with mathematics can explain things perfectly - this I like!
 
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and the zombie thread of the week is.....

For me personally though I like physics because I want to be able to understand how and why things work, and I feel that out of all the fields physics imparts the best understanding of our physical surroundings.
 
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I watched too much Star Trek as a kid, and convinced myself that if I became a physicist I could build myself a warp drive some day. Then I learned that physics actually inhibits my ability to watch Star Trek.

Now I'm just sticking it out so that I can be called "doctor" in three years.
 
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To know what is true. I like physics because the final arbiter is not people but physical reality. People error prolifically. At least that's the idea to me.

People are falable in every manner category imaginable.

My childish idealism is shatted, as people are both theoreticians and experimentalists.

But I do know this is so.
 
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The word physics electrifies my soul,it is damn intresting n every topic has great depth in it.it gives me immense thrill when i deal with it.i am a great lover of physics.....................................
 
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In my case, I just like math. Physics just happened to be in my way... :wink:
 
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Originally, I am similar to many of other people, love the fact that Physics explains the why and how. But the more I am into this field, the more questions I have. And at the end, I am stuck in here.
 
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Originally, I am similar to many of other people, love the fact that Physics explains the why and how. But the more I am into this field, the more questions I have. And at the end, I am stuck in here.
Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology will lead you even farther astray. That way lies madness.

Physical sciences and engineering-related studies are well-grounded.

Unfortunately for me, I am drawn to astrophysics and galactic gravitational interaction. It's a touchy area, after Halton Arp lost all his observing time. He found that apparently-interacting galaxies sometimes had redshifts that would preclude actual interaction in the popular cosmological model. Instead of re-considering BB cosmology and possibly making adjustments based on some model of intrinsic redshift, the time allocation committee just cut him off. Too bad. One of the best observational astronomers of the century being shut out by theorists.
 
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The problem with cosmology is that we lack a way to make qualitative meassurements. Ideally we would want to be able to move a few light years away and look back at ourself to see how the distant gravitational field behaves.

Kinda the same as how we can't look at the smallest of things is a problem for the standard model.
 
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People often ask me why I want to be a physicist, to which I reply: A physicist is just a kid who never outgrew the "why?" phase. :)
 
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In my case, I just like math. Physics just happened to be in my way... :wink:

OMG! OH MY GOD! I swear this was posted by.. ughh! I don't recall his name, but I am defenatly positive it's not by Pyrrhus... Am I losing it? :cry:
 

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