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    Not exactly a helpful discussion, and predictably most people here are saying Physics because it's the most 'interesting'. However that wasn't the term of the question and interesting has no real bearing on worth or importance.

    Whilst it is true that physics has had great importance in engineering etc in the past and today, it's pretty clear that most modern medicines and cures are being designed by specialists in chemistry and biology. Its probable, in fact, that day to day biomedical research has the greatest short term impact on most of us than something like theoretical physics.
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    Women Studies. In ten years time, Women Studies will be the most important science and Physics will have to take a back seat.
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    Physics. Don't know a science where physical aspects don't play a role.

    (Original post by surina16)
    Have seen it in another thread long time ago. It is still a nice cartoon. Can mathematics be regarded as a science anyway?
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      (Original post by Kallisto)
      Can mathematics be regarded as a science anyway?
      Sort of. Even pure mathematicians do sometimes use observations from 'experiments' to make conjectures.
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      (Original post by Mathemagicien)
      Sort of. Even pure mathematicians do sometimes use observations from 'experiments' to make conjectures.
      Is it ok to say that without Mathematics there wouldn't have been much Science.
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      (Original post by LeCroissant)
      Women Studies. In ten years time, Women Studies will be the most important science and Physics will have to take a back seat.
      Thanks for the laugh.
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      Physics is the study of simple things.

      Biology is the study of complex things.
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      Physics is the most important. It is involved in most of the careers.
      Chemistry is the next important.
      Biology on the other hand is important to people working in medical-related careers.
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      They're all important for different reasons. It's silly to pit them against eachother. They are all equally useful to the human race and actually do the best work when you put them all together.
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      Mathematics
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      (Original post by Mathemagicien)
      Sort of. Even pure mathematicians do sometimes use observations from 'experiments' to make conjectures.
      So, as mathematics is a part of science, mathematics is science itself, right? in my opinion it was always an important 'tool' for the different sorts of sciences.
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      (Original post by Cherub012)
      Psychology.
      umm..... "Mr Freud, why did the apple fall from the tree?" "You see, it was probably too sexually attracted to it's mother(the tree) and the mother rejected it, so it could not live with that rejection and decided to deviate from it's family"
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        Silly question. Science doesn't exist in neat, discrete boxes whose importance we can debate. There's overlap and lots of it.

        Physics would be the obvious answer if the question was about which science is the most fundamental...
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        The word 'science' comes from the Latin 'scientia', from 'scire', or 'know'. Science is literally the knowledge of knowledge.
        The word 'mathematics' comes from the French 'mathematique', from the Latin 'mathematica', from the Greek 'mathēmatikē', from 'manthanein', or 'learn'. Mathematics is, again, pretty much the knowledge of knowledge.

        What you could choose take from this is that both Science and Mathematics are basically two sides of the same coin. The main tool of Theoretical Physics is the use of Mathematics as a 'rule book' for the universe. Mathematics, similarly, uses measurements of space and time in its observations. The two are seemingly inseparable fields of study, but they expand to encompass a range of fields. Geometry, Algebra, Trigonometry, and Calculus are all branches of Mathematics in the same way that Genetics, Taxonomy, Histology, and Botany are all branches of Biology. Biology and Chemistry can be thought of as branches of Physics that have reached a degree of complexity that a decision is (arbitrarily) taken to enshrine them as their own field of study.

        To state that one field of scientific or mathematical endeavour is any more or less circumstantial or important than another neglects the tree for the branch.
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        in terms of importance, biology

        in terms of interesting, physics
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        (Original post by jneill)
        Without philosophy there is no science. It's at the heart of all knowledge.

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        Without the wheel there is no electric car. It's at the heart of all transport.
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        (Original post by h3rmit)
        Without the wheel there is no electric car. It's at the heart of all transport.
        Except skis.
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        (Original post by elekro)
        umm..... "Mr Freud, why did the apple fall from the tree?" "You see, it was probably too sexually attracted to it's mother(the tree) and the mother rejected it, so it could not live with that rejection and decided to deviate from it's family"
        "Mr Freud, why does the apple not fall far from the tree?"

        "It probably had an Oedipus complex so it was staying close and waiting for the chance to kill its father."
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          (Original post by BigYoSpeck)
          Biology and chemistry have done far more to improve the quality of life for people than physics has ever done, chemistry has probably been responsible for the greatest loss of life of all 3 sciences, so biology wins by default.
          Computers and telecommunications rely on principles only treated by (and relevant to) physics. Without them, none of the infrastructures on which we - and the government, emergency services, whatever - rely very heavily on would exist at all.
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          (Original post by jneill)
          Except skis.
          When you think about it, skis are just big shoes. :curious: Skiing is really just falling.


          It doesn't even deserve to be called transport.
         
         
         
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