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Friday, October 14, 2016

So You Want To Learn Physics...

Detroit Steve sent me this link:

So You Want To Learn Physics...

by Susan J. Fowler

She lays out a course of study that you can pursue on your own, mainly through reading and studying the listed books. That's fine, but there was one statement in her introduction that caught me crosswise:
"Remember that anyone can learn physics." 
Not true. Anyone might be able to learn physics if properly motivated, but that's not going to happen to everyone. You also need an ability to engage in logical thought. Aptitude and inclination can make it easier.

There are two kinds of people in this world: people people and things people, by which I mean some people are better at dealing with people and some people are better at dealing with things. Obviously there is some overlap, but I would venture to say that a person who would make a good social justice warrior, or politician, would probably not make a good physicist.

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