Physics is one of the oldest academic disciplines

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Physics is one of the oldest academic disciplines, perhaps the oldest through its inclusion of astronomy . [5] Over the last two millennia, physics had been considered synonymous with philosophy , chemistry , and certain branches of mathematics and biology , but during the Scientific Revolution in the 16th century, it emerged to become a unique modern science in its own right. [6] However, in some subject areas such as in mathematical physics and quantum chemistry , the boundaries of physics remain difficult to distinguish. Physics is both significant and influential, in part because advances in
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Unformatted text preview: its understanding have often translated into new technologies, but also because new ideas in physics often resonate with the other sciences, mathematics and philosophy. For example, advances in the understanding of electromagnetism or nuclear physics led directly to the development of new products which have dramatically transformed modern-day society (e.g., television , computers , domestic appliances , and nuclear weapons ); advances in thermodynamics led to the development of motorized transport; and advances in mechanics inspired the development of calculus ....
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This note was uploaded on 01/02/2010 for the course PHYSICS phys2006 taught by Professor Sheetal during the Spring '09 term at SUNY Empire State.

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