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Freaking Magnets! How DO They Work? (vid)

Hits: 20953 | Rating: (3.3) | Category: Science | Added by: 5Cats
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Vampyric
Female, 18-29, Australia
 16 Posts
Friday, November 26, 2010 6:42:21 AM
He's completely right.
The first thing I learnt in my first year physics course was that everything I learnt at school was lie, which is basically what he's trying not to do.
It is not an easy thing to explain magnetic repulsion to someone who has no concept of electrons and force fields etc... And he didn't want to lie or "cheat" to the man and possible viewers by comparing it to something familiar...because there is nothing familiar.
A very famour example of this situation is the structure of an atom. If everyone was asked to draw a picture of an atom, the majority of them would be the same (the Plum Pudding model)..but this would be incorrect. An atom is nothing like that, but we can relate to it and visualize it so it has become the norm, even if it is a lie.

koolwalla
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 89 Posts
Tuesday, November 23, 2010 5:29:39 PM
i understand what this guys trying to say.. but next time just answer "forces exerted by a magnetic field" douche.

kingadaQ
Male, 18-29, Canada
 21 Posts
Tuesday, November 23, 2010 4:34:45 PM
WHAT A DOUCHE

Fatninja01
Male, 18-29, Australia
 24738 Posts
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 2:02:27 PM
Ask a magnet person about magnets!

NinjaB0b
Male, 18-29, Western US
 173 Posts
Saturday, November 13, 2010 8:25:27 PM
as someone starting college as a physics major, magnets are pretty easy to explain, but then the people that actually think like ICP would argue that the formulas that have been found are bullpoo and dont explain anything. in that case i would say magic, just like how despite my hard work through school i will probably never make as much money as ICP.MAGIC. i love this physics guy because he clearly hates this reporters guts (im guessing because from a physicist's perspective, liberal arts majors can suck it)

tedweird
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 309 Posts
Saturday, November 13, 2010 10:29:37 AM
so, did the poster actually watch the whole thing before posting?

eskimo9
Male, 18-29, Australia
 710 Posts
Saturday, November 13, 2010 5:21:30 AM
haha brilliant. I sometimes think it would be great to unravel the universe to a point where there are no more "why" questions, but I think I would have to die as soon as I found the last one, else I think sh.it would get weird and possibly depressing.

Oscola
Male, 18-29, Europe
 353 Posts
Saturday, November 13, 2010 4:34:37 AM
He does understand magnetism you idiots. He was explaining that it was a stupid question as whenever you ask why, it is impossible to stop answering. When you actually get deep enough into a subject, especially Science and Mathematics, it inevitably starts sounding like philosophy. "Truth is not something that can be sought out, found or discovered. We must create it first."

DickenMcHunt
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 1140 Posts
Saturday, November 13, 2010 1:34:39 AM
I hate people that cop-out on answer a question on a philosophical basis... so weak. He knew perfectly well what the question was but got into the semantics of what exactly the question meant and what the possible intentions and implications could be...

Science or GTFO

magoo22
Male, 30-39, Australia
 663 Posts
Friday, November 12, 2010 11:21:18 PM
Feynman's apology for not being able to explain magnetism and the electro magnetic forces in term that we can easily understand is probably the best explanation I have heard!

keith2
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 2577 Posts
Friday, November 12, 2010 10:09:30 PM
ICP is always right. Always.

agamemnon
Male, 18-29, Western US
 216 Posts
Friday, November 12, 2010 9:05:34 PM
Feynman is right. You can't really explain it. He's just bad at explaining why you can't explain it.

needles_nny
Male, 18-29, Western US
 154 Posts
Friday, November 12, 2010 7:25:33 PM
He is an ass hat

duffytoler
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 5220 Posts
Friday, November 12, 2010 7:21:21 PM
If you want Feynman to explain how magnets work, it's in "The Feynman Lectures on Physics".

There's also a very interesting part right in the middle of the second book. It's prefaced as being "just for fun", but it was his secret weapon.

duffytoler
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 5220 Posts
Friday, November 12, 2010 7:14:52 PM
>>this is a great example of a charismatic idiot.

No, Feynman was one of the smartest men ever. He won a Nobel prize for quantum chromodynamics, a theory that has made predictions that turned out to be true, and gives the diagrams that predict particle interactions in accelerators. I learned calculus of variations reading one of his textbooks. This is the guy who figured out why the Challenger space shuttle exploded - when everybody else was wrong. He was one of the scientists that developed the atomic bomb at Los Alamos.

inversegrav
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 770 Posts
Friday, November 12, 2010 6:32:52 PM
You can be so smart that your vast knowledge rotates around the universe of intellegence and you suddenly find yourself approaching stupidity.

Deft____Ones
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 6 Posts
Friday, November 12, 2010 5:34:08 PM
"Friday, November 12, 2010 4:14:37 PM
there is an explanation for everything. this man went around in circles to sound wise when he simply did not know the answer. this is a great example of a charismatic idiot."

Richard Feynman is a quantum physicist. He may be a dick, but i'm pretty sure he knows how magnets work.

FrigginMo
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 266 Posts
Friday, November 12, 2010 5:01:28 PM
Okay, assume he asked "how" instead of "why." GAWD, this is ridiculous.

Byrdman1525
Male, 13-17, Midwest US
 107 Posts
Friday, November 12, 2010 4:14:37 PM
there is an explanation for everything. this man went around in circles to sound wise when he simply did not know the answer. this is a great example of a charismatic idiot.

PringleMan
Female, 13-17, Canada
 1364 Posts
Friday, November 12, 2010 2:49:31 PM
at one point in the video I was compelled to yell out, "I already know all of that, and if I didn't I wouldn't care, so there's no point in explaining! Just tell me how the freakin' magnets work in the best way you know possible, and when it comes to a point where you can no longer answer my questions, we'll end the discussion." But I didn't, because that would be weird.

Smashking
Male, 18-29, Western US
 775 Posts
Friday, November 12, 2010 2:07:58 PM
Being a student of physics I loved the talk, but the entire time it almost seemed like he was saying "I can't give you an answer cause you're an idiot."

xKrazyKoalax
Male, 18-29, Southern US
 208 Posts
Friday, November 12, 2010 9:28:34 AM
Wow at first I thought he was being a tard but it turned out he made perfect sense.

davymid
Male, 30-39, Europe
 12085 Posts
Friday, November 12, 2010 7:33:31 AM
Excellent.

As a professional geoscientist, I feel the same exasperation when (certain) religious types challenge me how I know that the earth is billions of years old, or that evolution happens.

duffytoler
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 5220 Posts
Friday, November 12, 2010 6:20:16 AM
>>And rubber bands utilize potential energy, it has nothing to do with electricity

No, on a molecular level those forces are electrical. That's what Feynman was trying to explain. But people like you, the reporter, and the juggalo's can't be bothered to learn any of this.

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 26238 Posts
Friday, November 12, 2010 5:37:46 AM
@puppies04 brought up a term: *Lies to Children* also called Wittgenstein's Ladder, which explains WHY we believe things which are wrong.
It's a short article, worth reading :)

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