Saturday, 30 January 2016

Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Physics, and kickin' butt....

Imagine this brick is you, and I've just caught you stealing the chocolate M and M's...

There's an old, old saying: A nation that puts too great a divide between its scholars and its soldiers will end up thinking like cowards and and fighting like idiots. Well Niel DeGrasse Tyson may or may not have heard it, but I think he'd appreciate it: In the clip below he uses the mechanics of a wrestling move to demonstrate the mechanics of the relationship between the Earth and Moon:


 
He learned to wrestle in college, but he's not the first martial artist or scientist to notice the link between martial arts and Physics: Have a read of this article, where a number of physicists cum black belts go over how the some principles that make a rocket fly can teach you how to knock a mugger across the room. Or have a watch of York University Physics department's lecture on ass kicking: