• Question: What was your favourite? Chemistry, Biology or Physics?

    Asked by Bartosz to Savannah, Philippe, Lucy, Joanna, Harrison, Edoardo on 10 Jun 2019. This question was also asked by free354bat.
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      Philippe Gambron answered on 10 Jun 2019:

      Physics! Those three sciences seem conflated at school but they are very different beasts. In physics, you can really build a theory but the downside is that we are studying issues that are much much smaller than the other 2. We just scratch our heads about how two particles are going to deflect each other for example. This is much more simple that finding a drug that is going to cure someone.

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      Edoardo Vescovi answered on 10 Jun 2019:

      It happened that I wasn’t particularly skilful when it came to experiments at school. The kind of physics I’m doing has a lot to do with math instead. Another point for physics if you feel attracted by the big question on the universe, like its origin or evolution. In my opinion, physics is a way to understand the universe at large by discovering its few “simple” rules, much like enjoying a soccer match on TV because you grasp the basic rules of the game. It really depends on your taste and which answers you are after.

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      Harrison Prosper answered on 10 Jun 2019:

      Physics! I’m biased, but I thought (and still do) that physics got me closer to the deepest aspects of nature. On the other hand, in my view there is nothing more amazing in the whole of the universe than the fantastic bio-chemical hyper-computer that we call the human brain, which, amazingly, is aware of itself. Forget black holes and spacetime warping; the human brain and the fact that it is conscious is the greatest mystery of all.

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      Joanna Huang answered on 10 Jun 2019:

      Errrr, I’m gonna also say physics 🙂 What I study, for example, is the most fundamental particles that make up the entire universe. So, if we can understand that, we’re understanding the basic building blocks. Really, everything else is modelled after that! (Particles make up atoms, atoms make up molecules, molecules make up cells, cells make up organs, organs make up humans, for example)

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      Savannah Clawson answered on 10 Jun 2019:

      Physics was my favourite and that’s why I’m still doing it today! I enjoyed all sciences at school but preferred physics over the other two because physics tries to break down all problems to the simplest laws that we can use to explain everything else we see. Therefore, I see chemistry and biology as an extension of physics, rather than necessarily something completely different (although don’t tell any chemists and biologists I said that). There are arguments that say we can’t actually use physics to explain everything we see, e.g. some people believe that we will never be able to explain consciousness with physical laws, but I like to believe that physics really is a “Theory of Everything”, even if we just can’t work out exactly what that theory is at the moment (and maybe never will)!