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Letter to the Editor: Physicists do a lot more than make weapons


In response to Sonya Kousoum’s letter to the editor (“Physics should be used ethically” Feb. 7), I’m glad that she has taken an interest in physics events.

But as far as physics being hard (which is what everyone says when I tell them my major), sure it requires time to get familiar with the subject, but isn’t that true of anything? Anyone can learn physics if he or she has the time to learn it and have proper instruction.

Hey, that’s what any major is about.

I will dispute that most physicists are involved in developing weapons.

The U has always emphasized professors doing research.

It gives a great opportunity for some of us students to get hands on experience. I’ve had a lot of fun with my research experience here at the U.

Most of the U’s physics researchers deal with astronomical subjects, like what causes high-energy cosmic rays, and learning more about gamma rays, etc.

Some professors here also are learning more about MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), which is a relatively new field because we have only recently had enough computer power to make MRIs useful. There are also many other research groups here that I find fascinating.

From computers, to nuclear power, to understanding the universe, physics can actually (to many peoples’ dismay) be applied.

Even chemistry books say, “And this great chemical property was discovered by the physicist…” which I’ve always found humorous.

Josh Kaggie

Senior, Physics

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