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Title: Who is the father of physics?
Post by: sanu on 20/12/2016 09:44:24
sanu asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Who is the father of physics?
What do you think?
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Post by: Demolitiondaley on 27/02/2017 13:53:40
sanu asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Who is the father of physics?
What do you think?


Archimedes would be a good shout.
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Post by: syhprum on 27/02/2017 15:17:23
I would choose Planck or Lorenz and of course Maxwell who's name I could not recall despite being well equated with his work.
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Post by: evan_au on 27/02/2017 20:14:55
I vote for Galileo.
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Post by: CristinaFinn on 21/07/2018 11:05:29
My vote is for Albert Einstein who came up with some of the most important ideas in modern physics, such as the theory of relativity and the famous equation E = mc2
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Post by: diogenesNY on 27/07/2018 19:15:35
I think Aristotle wrote the first dedicated book on the subject.

--diogenesNY
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Post by: simplex on 28/02/2020 09:54:32
The father of modern physics is Newton.
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Post by: evan_au on 28/02/2020 10:35:59
Would the mother be Marie Curie?
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Post by: simplex on 29/02/2020 20:11:50
Marie Curie is the mother of radioactivity. Its father is Henri Becquerel.
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Post by: Uren on 28/04/2020 10:59:27
Ernest Rutherford - the father of nuclear physics
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Post by: PmbPhy on 18/06/2020 06:25:40
sanu asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Who is the father of physics?
What do you think?

Galileo Galilei is widely referred to as the father of physics. Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein are known as the Fathers of modern Physics.
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Post by: Malamute Lover on 15/07/2020 01:34:15
I don't know about the father of physics but the mother of physics was probably Merit-Ptah female court physician in Second Dynasty Egypt around 2700 BCE, She probably kept Pharaoh comfortable on the throne with her concoctions.
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Post by: OliVDB on 27/07/2020 16:09:20
English language is confusing, calling doctors physicians while their job is much more related to chemistry and biology; sure, chemistry is applied physics and biology is chemistry in motion, but still, that's a stretch that I had trouble assimilating when learning that language.
But to come back to the topic, yes, it'd definitely be Aristotle or Archimedes.
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Post by: Colin2B on 29/07/2020 08:56:42
But to come back to the topic, yes, it'd definitely be Aristotle or Archimedes.
Aristotle held back science for thousands of years with his ideas, but Archimedes did use the scientific method.
Eratosthenes of Cyrene successfully measured the diameter of the earth to within a surprising degree of accuracy using a scientific method.
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Post by: Bored chemist on 29/07/2020 10:20:03
English language is confusing, calling doctors physicians while their job is much more related to chemistry and biology; sure, chemistry is applied physics and biology is chemistry in motion, but still, that's a stretch that I had trouble assimilating when learning that language.
The medical doctors were using the word "physiology " long before physics was a subject of study.

It's derived from Phusis - the Greek word for "nature".

Aristotle held back science for thousands of years with his ideas
To be fair, while he made mistakes, the problem was that later philosophers worshipped him and refused to accept that he as wrong.
He could hardly be blamed for "holding science back" a thousand years after he died.
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Post by: Colin2B on 29/07/2020 15:29:30
To be fair, while he made mistakes, the problem was that later philosophers worshipped him and refused to accept that he as wrong.
He could hardly be blamed for "holding science back" a thousand years after he died.
You are right, it was mainly the hero worship that did it. He did, however, reject some interesting ideas such as the fledgling atom theory and heliocentric universe, also he wasn’t in favour of using maths which is why I would go with Eratosthenes or Archimedes.
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Post by: OliVDB on 31/07/2020 09:01:49
Aristotle held back science for thousands of years with his ideas, but Archimedes did use the scientific method.

Well, I've re-read some of Artistotle's works, sounds like you'r eright, I hadn't read him in a while and it shows.
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Post by: alancalverd on 31/07/2020 11:25:11
English language is confusing, calling doctors physicians while their job is much more related to chemistry and biology;

Oh it gets much worse.

The Professor of Physic teaches biochemistry to medical students who will be called Dr without holding a doctorate, whilst those who study surgery will call themselves Mr or Ms even if they have a PhD or MD.

I spend a lot of time doing medical physics for practitioners of physical medicine - osteopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapists - who don't practice medicine.

But my vote is for Galileo whose simple reductio ad absurdam on gravitation demolished Aristotle, rationalised most of mechanical engineering, and made the conservation of energy a fundamental formalism of physics.