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  1. May 28, 2008 #1
    Why the name physicsforums when there is chemistry, maths, biology and lots of other topics as well?
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    Most of the other topics did not exist in the "beginning", when PF went online in 2001.
  4. May 28, 2008 #3
    I think of it as a forum for physics and maths. If you have a look there are a lot more physics related sections than any other, with things like biology and chemistry having a tiny portion of the total traffic.
  5. May 28, 2008 #4
    On the top of the page with the directory it says:

    Physics Help and Math Help - Physics Forums

    Math_ :cry:
  6. May 28, 2008 #5


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    All science is either physics or stamp collecting…
    –Ernst Rutherford
  7. May 28, 2008 #6

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    Who won a Nobel Prize in stamp collecting.
  8. May 28, 2008 #7
    True. Chemistry stamp collecting. :bugeye:
  9. May 28, 2008 #8
    I love that quote, mainly because I have no idea what it means.​

  10. May 28, 2008 #9
    Excellent! So many would not dare to admit that. Stamp collecting is like gathering facts (stamps). No need to understand, just observe, and do the book keeping. Physics is all about finding out how things work.
  11. May 28, 2008 #10
    Sweet, cheers. Now I am in the know!
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    I think it was meant as an insult.
    Understanding how biological processes work is physics, remembering the classification and latin names for creatures is stamp collecting.
    Another quote is something about when the physics becomes obvious the topic gets spun off into it's own subject.
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    That's because we are American and know the correct way to abbreviate Mathematics. Maths.. Pfffft :smile:
  14. May 28, 2008 #13
    Absolutely. Problem is that you need stamp collectors to check if your physics is not exceeding the realm of observations.
  15. May 28, 2008 #14

    Good point.
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    Mayday; there's not use trying to convert them...
  17. May 28, 2008 #16
    Yeah I imagine you've tried to before, mate we'd better just quit now. :grumpy:
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