Physics & Politics

Questions on Classical Worldview

  1. What is the difference between Modern and Classical physics?
  2. Name six different fields of physics research that did not exist before 1900.
  3. What is meant by: "the clockwork model of the physical world"? In what way is this model different from today’s atomistic model?
  4. What was the notion of physicists in mid 1800s regarding their understanding of the physical world?
  5. What is the difference between theoretical and experimental physics? In what way(s) did the turn of 19th century affected these areas of research? The researchers themselves?
  6. Please repeat question 5, but now replace physics with biology, with chemistry.
  7. What are the differences, if any, between physics and natural philosophy?

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