Originally posted by Toelint
I agree wholeheartedly! Why M theory (formerly known as String Theory) isn't taught as early as High School is beyond me.
Because even the people researching it agree that its entirely hypothetical and its not backed by rigourous experiments?
String theory was wild and hypothetical enough, but it wasn't working in lots of situations, and couldn't account for everything, so now there's
M-theory and other variations of it, its definitly not time to teach these things in high schools. The University Physics Professors are still
researching it.
Heck, most high schools don't even teach Quantum Mechanics properly, and thats something that's been around since before Einstein. String theory is
far too new and untested to go into textbooks.
joshm2u
if it is discussed and exposed to students at early stages in their academia carrers, then it may open up their minds more and give them a greater
chance of discovering the possibilites in the M theory.
Its a nice thought, but what most of use read and watch and learn about things like Quantum Mechanics and the far more 'advanced' string and
m-theories and branes, is
nothing like what the actual research is. Its all entirely mathematical. Infact, M-theory and branes and multiple
dimensions are hypotheses that arose because of major problems with things like the String hypotheses, they're ideas that try to 'account' for
those problems, and its all done entirely mathematically. High School students don't have the math to study these things. The most high school
students anywhere get is introductory calculus. The guys working on these things have to use entire mathematical systems that people spend years
researching in university to come up with, let alone apply to advanced physics problems. There's no way it can meaningfully be taught to high school
students. It'd be like trying to teach statistical analyses to kindergardeners who haven't learned algebra yet.
M theory is basically a theory that would unite all of the theories of the universe
From my understanding its trying to explain the more 'basic' laws of physics that we know today (involving things like gravity, the forces that hold
atoms together, light, quarks and other subatomic particles and high energies) in terms of even more fundamental processes, like the intersections of
branes.
Thats another reason why it doesn't make sense to really try to teach string theory. No high school students are really taught about the things that
are problems that string theory is trying to address. It'd be like ignoring the history of the civil war and just teaching students about the notes
that one of Lincolns pyschologists took (pretending for a moment that he saw one), or teaching students about punctuated equilibrium without ever
having mentioned evolution and organisms in the first place.
backtoreality
Heck, even exposure to relativity would be great
Yeah, students get 'told' about einstein, but rarely actually learn his theories and their implications. Physics in high school is really just
newtonian physics and atomic theory, with some of maxwell and radiation and the like mixed in.
[edit on 7-7-2005 by Nygdan]