Understanding Physics is Like Learning Chess

The physicist is like someone who's watching people playing chess and, after watching a few games, he may have worked out what the moves in the game are. But understanding the rules is just a trivial preliminary on the long route from being a novice to being a grand master. So even if we understand all the laws of physics, then exploring their consequences in the everyday world where complex structures can exist is a far more daunting task, and that's an inexhaustible one I'm sure.


Quoting Sir Martin Rees: Learning the moves is the beginning, but there is still much to learn about the strategy.

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 A passion for science
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Wolpert , Lewis (1988), A passion for science, Oxford University Press, USA, Retrieved on 2012-06-21
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