• Question: why do you like physics?

    Asked by zest354bat to Philippe on 18 Jun 2019. This question was also asked by knit354bat.
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      Philippe Gambron answered on 18 Jun 2019:

      Physics is great for many reasons. First it is fundamental. It is at the base of everything. For example, there are many interesting things in chemistry. It can tell you how to make medication but, ultimately, what explains chemistry is physics. The other reason is that it is mathematical. You can start making calculations and predict things relatively well. It does not happen in other sciences. For example, if you take medication because you are sick, the doctor will never be able to calculate by how much your fever is going to drop. On the other hand, if you throw a stone at a certain speed, I can tell you where it will land. The last reason is that it gives you access to many fascinating things. It tells you what matter is made of: particles. It talks to you about relativity like black holes bending space or slowing down time. IT also tried to explain how the Universe formed.