The Onion ran a great “story” about physics recently that got me thinking. If you don’t know about the Onion it is a very funny (potentially offensive) fake newspaper. They actually run several physics related fake stories a year.
Side personal note: I’d love to be a writer for something like the Onion.
Anyway, the reason why the Onion story is so funny is also why physics is such an exciting enterprise. Here is the story from the ONION:
World’s Physicists Complete Study Of Physics
January 14, 2010
HARIMA, JAPAN—Saying that there was no more knowledge to acquire about the physical nature of the universe, the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics announced Monday that it had concluded the scientific study of matter, energy, force, and motion. “Yeah, that about does it for physics,” said IUPAP member Sukekatsu Ushioda, powering down Japan’s Super Photon ring particle accelerator. “All done. Math can pretty much take it from here.” The world’s top physicists also announced that they would celebrate the conclusion of physics by meeting at PJ’s Pub later tonight for drinks.
So why is the story so funny? Leave me a comment.
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