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Sunday, May 30, 2010

A Young Student of Physics

I know you all hate it when bloggers inundate you with photos of their kids and grandkids but here's one I can't resist. It's my granddaughter Zoë (5 months old) learning vector calculus. It's never too soon to start.

She'll probably have to wait until she gets older to move on to more difficult subjects like biology. I think her mom is doing the right thing by starting out with the easiest science.


  1. Personally, I'd start her on physics first. You need a solid grounding for later science.

  2. A favorite photo of my son:

  3. In the picture, she's reading the section on Lagrange multipliers and constrained extrema - she is anxious to get to the part about divergence and curl...

  4. Good for her. She's quite advanced for her age. Even though it's very simple stuff, most of us didn't master it until we were one or two years old. Personally, I thought that handling a single constraint was trivial but it took me a few minutes to understand how to deal with multiple constraints.

    Tensor calculus is next, right?

    Let me know when she's ready to learn about some difficult things, like evolution or metabolism. I can help. :-)

  5. If Jerry Coyne can post pictures of cats and PZ Myers pictures of octopi regularly, then you're entitled to a very cute baby photo.

    That said, I have an ultrasound of my son solving partial differential equations in utero.

  6. The Physics which is presently being taught is fundamentally incorrect & has been challenged through the following “Open Challenge”. Shortly, the physics being taught will be accepted as fundamentally incorrect and all your education will be rendered obsolete. Please ask your teachers to produce the rebuttal of the open challenge before they continue to teach you further.
    Open Challenge:
    The article ‘On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies’ by Albert Einstein is based on trickeries is proved beyond any doubt whatsoever in the article...s (1). ‘Experimental & Theoretical Evidences of Fallacy of Space-time Concept and Actual State of Existence of the Physical Universe’ published in the peer-reviewed journal namely Indian Journal of Science & Technology (March 2012 issue) available on (2) ‘On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies By Albert Einstein is Based on Trickeries’ (Open letter to Professors, Teachers, Researchers and Students of Physics) published in peer-reviewed journal Elixir Online Journal (February 2012 issue) available on The Voigt transformation was simply a mathematical possibility which was changed by Lorentz by introducing the Lorentz factor but the Lorentz factor is simply a manipulation. Thus nature and forces in nature were trivialized and made subservient to mathematics in the theories of relativity, Big Bang Theory, Space-time concept and in all physical sciences which are directly or indirectly based on the ‘On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies’. It is unfortunate for humanity that exposing these trickeries took more than one hundred years. I openly challenge all the professors, researchers & teachers of physics/philosophy of physics to come forward & show me where I am wrong or else they have to accept that they are teaching incorrect physics based on ‘trickeries’. My challenge may not be treated as a publicity stunt but I sincerely wish that truth should prevail on this planet and am expecting identical response from all truth loving people/intellectuals. I do understand that it is hard for mainstream physicists to reconcile with the alternative philosophy; though actual and factual; as almost all the living physicists and researchers are borne, brought up and taught physics which is fundamentally incorrect. Their livelihood is based on the physics which has been adopted as the result of fraud, but these material interests should never be a stumbling block to acknowledge the reality, which to my understanding is the essence of scientific thinking and honest living for the betterment of entire human society. I have not an iota of doubt that sooner or later the truth will prevail, but it would be in the interest of humanity that ‘truth’ is accepted now so that humanity comes out of clutches of materialism which in itself is naked atheism.
    Mohammad Shafiq Khan, (M.Sc. Physics)

    1. I await with bated breath an explanation from Mr Khan as to how incorrect theories of physics like relativity and quantum mechanics can produce, via quantum electrodynamics, calculations of the anomalous magnetic moment of the electron that agrees with experimental observations to 10 significant figures.