RE: Is the Higgs Boson the 'God' Particle?
(06 Jul 2012 09:40 PM)George Hamilton Wrote: It's at times like these that I wish my physics lessons had amounted to more than, "Boys, open your textbooks at page 25 and copy to page 35." Sad, but true.
Too true! When I did A-level Physics we had a teacher who would explain things in a perfunctory way and then write detailed notes on the blackboard which we had to transcribe verbatim. One day he walked into class and immediately started scratching away on the blackboard. Forty-five minutes later when the bell rang and he had walked out again we realised we that he had not uttered a single word throughout the whole lesson - not even a greeting on arrival.
In contrast I had a brilliant physics teacher at University who made every experiment an entertainment. I'll never forget Newton's Laws of Motion and centripetal force both demonstrated with students hurtling around on office chairs.
Unfortunately just as we were getting into the really interesting fundamental particle stuff I had to give up Physics as I'd heard the siren call of the PDP-8 hidden away in the basement.