Thursday, July 11, 2013

Technology is Not Enough - A Parable

Every day, I see hundreds of cars moving.  Why do the cars move?

A simple question like unlocks a series of esoteric thoughts to a physicist like me.  Generations of scientific discoveries help us understand and explain the car’s movement.  You have the laws of motion, Thermodynamics, energy conversion and conservation, friction, electromagnetism and electricity, quantum mechanics that allow us to design chips at nanoscale, and gravity and general relativity whose understanding is essential for accurate operation of the GPS.  Nearly all of our scientific knowledge of physical worlds is neatly encased in the movement of the car.

you can continue reading the parable at WAVE's blog site

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