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The New Scientists

by | 17th, November 2004

‘THOSE of us unfortunate enough to have gone to school in the last century will be disappointed to discover this morning that much of what we learnt is now woefully out of date.

Isaac couldn’t decide between physics and media studies

Science, for instance, has moved on at such speed (or velocity, as it used to be known) that we can throw everything we were ever told about Sir Isaac Newton out of the window notwithstanding the fact that it still falls to the ground when we do so.

And ever eager to be as thoroughly modern as any number of Millies, the Government is doing its best to keep up.

The Telegraph reports that the science that all pupils from the age of 14 study will in future focus less on, well, science and more on lifestyle, general knowledge and opinion.

The QCA has recommended the changes in GCSEs from 2006 ”to ensure increased choice and flexibility for students so that they can study science relevant to the 21st Century”.

Far from being the immutable force that it was throughout the last couple of centuries, gravity is now very much a matter of opinion.

It matters far less why the apple fell on Newton’s head but what Newton was doing sitting under an apple tree in the first place.

Darwin’s theory of evolution is all very well,

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