Re: Date's First Great Blunder
Date: 16 Apr 2004 06:22:47 -0700
"Anthony W. Youngman" <wol_at_thewolery.demon.co.uk> wrote in message news:<eV3gOEFrCvfAFwxo_at_thewolery.demon.co.uk>...
> Newtonian Mechanics is mathematics. It's consistent. Unfortunately, it
> doesn't tally with reality :-(
Ah yes, Newtonian Mechanics - what a failure that was! Any attempt to use that in the real world is doomed to failure. No wonder they don't teach that old rubbish in schools these days ;-)
On the other hand, to quote Wikipedia:
"Classical mechanics produces very accurate results within the domain of everyday experience. It is superseded by relativistic mechanics for systems moving at large velocities near the speed of light, quantum mechanics for systems at small distance scales, and relativistic quantum field theory for systems with both properties. Nevertheless, classical mechanics is still very useful, because (i) it is much simpler and easier to apply than these other theories, and (ii) it has a very large range of approximate validity. Classical mechanics can be used to describe the motion of human-sized objects (such as tops and baseballs), many astronomical objects (such as planets and galaxies), and even certain microscopic objects (such as organic molecules.)"
In other words, it DOES tally with reality except in esoteric domains outside the realm of everyday life. Received on Fri Apr 16 2004 - 15:22:47 CEST