For Anne Hathaway, and everyone who wishes to know Physics (Reality) ....

Before I begin, I have to pay off a bet by putting up a picture of The New Orleans Saints, who won The Super Bowl last night over The Indianapolis Colts, since I picked the Colts to win and, um, they didn't. I chose this picture of the Super Bowl's Most Valuable Player, Saints Quarterback Drew Brees, and his tiny son, in the post-game celebration. As a Dad 4 times over, I can relate. Congrats, New Orleans:

The Human Male in his element ... the Human Male, at the VERY TOP of HIS game ...

Joanne Baker, PhD Physics, University of Sydney 1995 is a Physical Science editor at Science magazine, where her specialty is Earth Science and Space (which is why I forgive her misguided views on Anthropic Landscape ... let's face it, Lenny Susskind has an infectious personality).

She wrote a wonderful book with the title of this article/blarticle, which my 14-yr-old son gave me for Christmas, along with 50 Mathematical Ideas You Really Need To Know. Both are wonderful introductions to their respective subjects. Very concise, and a great launching point into any of the many facets of each field. Many, but not insurmountable. I love books like this that lay fields of study out in a compact way. Neither Physics nor Mathematics are difficult, in spite of what you have been mis-taught. Yes, both take work and therefore time to understand, but not nearly as much as many would have you believe.

This page is a work in progress. I will eventually link the 50 Things which I list below, as well as key points and key people. But for now, just the list:

MATTER IN MOTION

1. Mach's principle

2. Newton's laws of motion

3. Kepler's laws

4. Newton's laws of gravitation

5. Conservation of energy

6. Simple harmonic motion

7. Hooke's law

8. Ideal gas law

9. Second law of thermodynamics

10. Absolute zero

11. Brownian motion

12. Chaos theory

13. Bernoulli equation

BENEATH THE WAVES

14. Newton's theory of colour

15. Huygen's principle

16. Snell's law

17. Bragg's law

18. Fraunhofer diffraction

19. Doppler effect

20. Ohm's law

21. Fleming's right hand rule

22. Maxwell's equations

QUANTUM CONUNDRUMS

23. Planck's law

24. Photoelectric effect

25. Schrodinger's wave equation

26. Heisenberg's uncertainty principle

27. Copenhagen interpretation

28. Schrodinger's cat

29. The EPR Paradox

30. Pauli's exclusion principle

31. Superconductivity

SPLITTING ATOMS

32. Rutherford's atom

33. Antimatter

34. Nuclear fission

35. Nuclear fusion

36. Standard model

37. Feynman diagrams

38. The God particle

39. String theory

SPACE AND TIME

40. Special relativity

41. General relativity

42. Black holes

43. Olber's paradox

44. Hubble's law

45. The Big Bang

46. Cosmic inflation

47. Dark matter

48. Cosmological constant

49. Fermi paradox

50. Anthropic principle <=== won't Susskind, who would have us believe ships were built to house barnacles, be pleased?

Now I will re-list the 50 things, this time with the short/sweet "The condensed idea" following each four-page blurb. They were written by the author or the editor, and go like this:

MATTER IN MOTION

1. Mach's principle - Mass matters for motion

2. Newton's laws of motion - Motion captured

3. Kepler's laws - Law of the worlds

4. Newton's laws of gravitation - Mass attraction

5. Conservation of energy - Indestructable energy

6. Simple harmonic motion - The science of swing

7. Hooke's law - Elastic fantastic

8. Ideal gas law - Pressure cooker physics

9. Second law of thermodynamics - Law of disorder

10. Absolute zero - The big chill

11. Brownian motion - An invisible microscopic dance

12. Chaos theory - Order in chaos

13. Bernoulli equation - Arteries and aerodynamics

BENEATH THE WAVES

14. Newton's theory of colour - Beyond the rainbow

15. Huygen's principle - Wave progression

16. Snell's law - Light finds the shortest path

17. Bragg's law - Spotting structure

18. Fraunhofer diffraction - Interfering light waves

19. Doppler effect - Perfect pitch

20. Ohm's law - Circuit theory

21. Fleming's right hand rule - Induction rules

22. Maxwell's equations - ... and so there was light

QUANTUM CONUNDRUMS

23. Planck's law - Energy budget

24. Photoelectric effect - Photon bullets

25. Schrodinger's wave equation - Here, there, but not everywhere

26. Heisenberg's uncertainty principle - Know your limits

27. Copenhagen interpretation - You choose

28. Schrodinger's cat - Dead or alive?

29. The EPR Paradox - Instant messaging

30. Pauli's exclusion principle - Is this seat taken?

31. Superconductivity - Resistance is futile

SPLITTING ATOMS

32. Rutherford's atom - The hard core

33. Antimatter - Mirror image matter

34. Nuclear fission - Splitting the atom

35. Nuclear fusion - Star power

36. Standard model - All in the family

37. Feynman diagrams - Three-pronged approach

38. The God particle - Swimming against the tide

39. String theory - Universal harmonies

SPACE AND TIME

40. Special relativity - Motion is relative

41. General relativity - Warped space-time

42. Black holes - Light traps

43. Olber's paradox - Our finite universe

44. Hubble's law - The expanding universe

45. The Big Bang - The ultimate explosion

46. Cosmic inflation - Cosmic growth spurt

47. Dark matter - Dark side of the universe

48. Cosmological constant -The fifth force

49. Fermi paradox - Is there anybody out there?

50. Anthropic principle - The just so universe

## 2 comments:

I know nothing about american football. Nor am I able to tell an advice about how well a baseball team plays. My problem is the same with hockey... Why the heck do american people feel the need to wear an armor at sport? Is it because health insurances don't want to pay you if you get into an accident without one? Isn't it too much warm inside? Can one move freely bearing such a suit on one's back?

Many questions, few answers, which make it hard for me to seize where the pleasure is.

Basket-ball is however my favorite sport worldwide.

Best,

I have re-grouped the 50 things in the same way the author did. The 50 things in Mathematics were not so grouped.

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