Dear Mr. President: An open letter on the state of Physics education
November 12, 2012 10:29 AM Subscribe
Dear Mr. President:
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“You're the President of the United States: a country with 5000 nuclear weapons, birthplace of the world's computing and telecommunications industry, home of the first atomic clock and creator of the global positioning system. But chances are, if you just took regular American high school physics, you don't know one iota about the science behind these things (no offense). That's because high school physics students across most of America are not required to learn about pretty much any physical phenomena discovered or explained more recently than 1865.” From Henry Reich
of Minute Physics
. (Can't watch video? Click the "interactive transcript" button under the video to read it instead.)
Minute Physics previously, previouslier.
“[L]et me list some useful and important ideas of the last 150 years of physics that aren't a required part of most standard US high school physics courses: Photons. The structure of atoms. The existence of Antimatter. GPS. Lasers. Transistors. Diodes and LEDs. Quarks. Chaos Theory. Electron Microscopy. MRI scanning. The Big Bang. Black Holes. Star formation. The fact that gravity bends light. The fact that the universe is expanding. The Higgs Boson and the weak and strong nuclear forces and all the rest of quantum mechanics and relativity and the topic of every single Nobel Prize in Physics since… always. Basically, most of the important stuff.”
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