Eight basic laws of physics, and one that isn’t

The dangers of Government ministers being clueless about science. They then make decisions about education and technology.

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Reposted from 3 Quarks Daily:

GodfreyKneller-IsaacNewton-1689 Isaac Newton, 1689

Michael Gove (remember him?), when England’s Secretary of State for Education, told teachers

“What [students] need is a rooting in the basic scientific principles, Newton’s Laws of thermodynamics and Boyle’s law.”

Never have I seen so many major errors expressed in so few words. But the wise learn from everyone, [1] so let us see what we can learn here from Gove.

From the top: Newton’s laws. Gove most probably meant Newton’s Laws of Motion, but he may also have been thinking of Newton’s Law (note singular) of Gravity. It was by combining all four of these that Newton explained the hitherto mysterious phenomena of lunar and planetary motion, and related these to the motion of falling bodies on Earth; an intellectual achievement not equalled until Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity.

GoveTelegraphhaswarned Michael Gove, 2013

In Newton’s physics, the laws of…

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