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Physics and Driving 101

July 2, 2010
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“An object in motion will not change its velocity unless an unbalanced force acts upon it.”

– Sir Isaac Newton, Principia Mathematica

Newton published this First Law of motion 323 years ago, so it hasn’t been new news for more than three centuries.  In non-geek speak, what it essentially says is that when a large object is speeding in your direction, get the hell out of the way because it is unlikely to stop.  As it turns out, that is a pretty good basic driving tip too.  A related tip would be that when you’re merging into traffic and encounter a 20,000 lb recreational vehicle moving at 65 mph on your left and a yield sign on your right, it is probably a good idea to, um, you know . . . yield?

It’s shocking how few people read Sir Isaac Newton.

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  1. Chris H. permalink
    July 2, 2010 5:38 pm

    Not just don’t read Newton but have never heard of him and thus are unaware of his laws. This is as true in the UK as it is here. sadly. Edewkation is a wonderful thing, ain’t it?

    By the way, your family is being held close to my heart.

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