Text books are often haphazardly written. Even when they are excellently written and widely followed as marvels of academia, they carry traditional dogmas in the name of science. While the governments and private org spend massively to constitute experts who are to guide us in having well written and factual text books, these experts totally miss out on the important facts that need to be corrected in various ways … That doesn’t happen and we produce learned citizens with limited knowledge on their own subject matter.
“science is the belief in the ignorance of experts.” –Richard P. Feynman.
You can see more myths here; Slide share on Physics Myths.
Here are 3 myths of physics, especially prominent in textbooks followed widely, which I have addressed in last 3 years.
1. Myth; That there are two types of charges, positive and negative and the neutral is just a result of both positive and negative.
Fact; there are actually 3 elemental charges, positive, negative and neutral. each of these properties are represented by their respective elementary particles.
eg neutral is the charge of “photons” and “neutrino”, both elementary charges without any further constituents and a composite elementary particle “neutron”. Neutron being composite its constituent’s charge add up to zero.
2. Last year in a text book in Indian High School curriculum, I spotted and corrected with my students, the following:
Myth; there are only 3 quarks that have been detected or FOUND/confirmed so far, in nature.
Its based on a knowledge that was true more than…
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