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"Doing Physics"

There is more to this story, of course. Whether for some excellent, deep reason or just because of the practical benefits to society, professional Physicists are also almost always selected and trained to enjoy "doing Physics." You will hear this phrase used frequently among Physicists. What does it mean? How do you "do" the underlying principles governing the behaviour of the universe? You don't, of course; when we use this phrase we are talking about capital-P Physics, the human enterprise.

There are several aspects to "doing Physics." I will list them in what is, for me, today, ascending order of "enjoyability." There is no reason why anyone else should agree with this order, but I believe in full disclosure.


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Jess H. Brewer
1998-09-06