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Abstract and Apt: Physics as it is Practised
MattheW Badali, Physics & Astronomy, UBC
Coach House, Green College, UBC
March 26 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Roughly following the historical development of physics over the last five hundred years, this talk will provide some insight into the mind of a physicist, a being less pragmatic than an engineer yet unable to make the claims to truth of a mathematician or theologist.  
 
Physics has both entered societal consciousness and, periodically, modified it; mundane terms, such as ‘force’ or ‘mass’ turn out to be abstract and not directly accessible. At the same time terms, such as ‘the uncertainty principle’ or ‘the big bang’ are fair topics of conversation. Indeed, physics is not a collection of nigh-unattainable knowledge but rather a way of approaching the world that is itself quite approachable.

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