How spherical-cow philosophy makes hard physics problems easy
There’s an old physics joke involving a spherical cow. Though it isn’t side-splittingly funny, it does explain why physics works so well, writes Sean Carroll
7 October 2022
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Physics has something of a reputation for difficulty. It’s not the first university course you sign up for if you’re looking for an easy grade. But there is a paradox lurking behind this reputation. The reason that physics seems …