http://www.newmancause.co.uk/" [Broken]: Boy, after having obtained a B.S. degree in physics and astronomy from a state university, can I relate to this! My professors never required that I read, e.g., the original classic physics papers that liberal arts students at, e.g., http://www.stjohnscollege.edu/" [Broken], do! Consequently, everything I learned was a disconnected array of facts and problems to solve. Problem-solving isn't nearly as stressed in Italy, according to my Italian physics friends, so why is it here? So, here are my two main questions: Why is problem-solving stressed so much in U.S. physics programs? Why aren't the classic papers and books required in U.S. physics programs? For example, these are what students, working towards BAs at the liberal arts schools St. John's College and Thomas Aquinas College, read: At St. John's CollegeDescartes, Le Monde Huygens, On the Motion of Colliding bodies Leibniz, “On Body, Force, Elasticity” “Essay on Dynamics” Newton, “Principia” Mayer, “Remarks on The Forces of Inorganic Nature” Maxwell, “On Work and Energy” “On Heat Engines” Huygens, Treatise on Light Newton, “The New Theory about Light and Colors” Young, “On the Nature of Light and Colors” Taylor, “On the Motion of the Stretched String” Bernoulli, “…On New Vibrations of Strings” William Gilbert, On the Loadstone Charles du Fay, letter concerning Electricity Benjamin Franklin, letter to Collinson J.A. Nollet, “Observations on Several New Electrical Phenomena” Chales Coulomb, “Memoirs on electricity and magnetism” Alessandra Volta, “On the electricity excited by the contact of conducting substances” Hans Christian Oersted, “The efficacy of electric conflict on the magnetic needle” Faraday, Experimental Researches in Electricity On Static Electrical Inductive Action, Letter to Philips Answer to Dr. Hare’s Letter A speculation touching Electric Conduction and the Nature of Matter On Lines of Magnetic Force On the Physical Character of the Lines of Magnetic Force Albert Einstein, “On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies” “Does the inertia of a Body Depend upon its Energy Content?” “On the Influence of Gravitation on the Propagation of Light” “The Foundation of the General Theory of Relativity” Hermann Minkowski, “Space and Time” Faraday, “On the absolute quantity of Electricity associated with the particles or atom of Matter” J.J. Thomson, “Cathode Rays” R.A. Milliken, The Electron E. Rutherford, “The Scattering of α and β particles by matter and the Structure of the Atom” A. Einstein, “Concerning a Heuristic Point of View about the Creation and Transformation of Light” N. Bohr, “On the Spectrum of Hydrogen” L. De Broglie, “The Undulatory Aspects of the Electron” E. Schrodinger, Four Lectures on Wave Mechanics C.J. Davisson, “Are Electrons Waves?” W. Heisenberg, The Physical Principles of the Quantum Theory Physics and Philosophy N. Bohr, “Einstein’s Objections to Quantum Mechanics” A. Einstein, B. Poldosky, N. Rosen, “Can Quantum-Mechanical Description of Physical Reality be Considered Complete?” N. Bohr, “Can Quantum-Mechanical Description of Physical Reality be Considered Complete?” D. Bohm, Causality and Chance in Modern Physics http://www.thomasaquinas.edu/curriculum/index.htm" [Broken]Aristotle On Generation and Corruption St. Thomas Aquinas On the Principles of Nature, On the Combination of the Elements Lavoisier Elements of Chemistry Avogadro Masses and Proportions of Elementary Molecules Dalton Proportion of Gases in the Atmosphere Gay-Lussac Combination of Gaseous Substances Pascal Treatise on the Weight of the Mass of the Air various authors Scientific papers of Berthollet, Couper, Lavoisier, Mendeleev, Richter, Wollaston, Cannizzaro, et alia Atomic Theory Manual Einstein Relativity: The Special and General Theory Huygens Treatise on Light Newton Optiks Maxwell A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism Gilbert De Magnete Ampere Papers various authors Mechanics, Waves, and Optics Manual Electricity and Magnetism Manual Why do I deserve a B.S. in physics when these liberal arts students are the ones, based on their knowledge of these classics, more educated in certain respects of physics than I?