Friday, January 13, 2006

Looking at BBC's Horizon

Prof JOE MILWARD: The first law of thermodynamics is the foundation stone of our understanding of chemistry and physics. In the universe there is a finite amount of, of energy. It, it can not disappear and it can not be created from nothing.

Somewhat true, of course. But I think thermodynamic laws are observed, not theoretical . . . unless my physics professor was wrong. He was somewhat bitter about not being a theoretical physicist.

Point being, some more nuance is necessary, IMHO, lest you give people the impression that physics knows more than it does about the world. Heck, we don't even know what 97% of the universe is (dark matter and dark energy).

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