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September 3, 2007

Physics Myths and Facts

Revisiting Some Of The Things You Thought You Knew

Henry Palka referred me to an interesting site at http://www.physicsmyths.org.uk/, maintained by a one Thomas Smid, M.Sc. Physics, Ph.D. Astronomy, and entitled Physics Myths and Physics Facts -- Flaws in Concepts and Theories of Modern Physics. The opening sentence of the introductory page reads: "The information on this site is a critical account of some important theoretical concepts in physics where the latter can be shown to be either misleading, inadequate, erroneous or outright logically flawed."

Some headings from the Index to whet appetites:

Aberration of Starlight
Big Bang Theory
Boltzmann Distribution
Coronal Heating
Cosmology
Curved Space
Dark Matter
Expansion of the Universe
General Relativity
Gravitational Lensing
Hubble Law
Maxwell Equations
Michelson and Morley Experiment
Redshift of Galaxies, Refraction
Relativity
Speed of Light
Time Dilation
Uncertainty Principle
The ones I sampled were clear and concise in making their point, sparing of the math, and definitely high on the thought-fodder provider scale. Recommended browsing for the physics-oriented and curiously inclined when in need of something different to pass away long, rainy Sunday afternoons.

 
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