Technology's Triumph Over Science

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Christophe Vorlet for The Chronicle Review

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Christophe Vorlet for The Chronicle Review

Recently, after an absence of many decades, I returned to the place of higher learning where I began studying physics. I hardly recognized the laboratories.

In my time, they were given over to model experiments, such as a ballistic pendulum (in which a rifle delivered a bullet into a block of wood, verifying action-and-reaction), Kater's pendulum (for measuring the acceleration resulting from gravity), or the stroboscopic trajectory of a projectile (the parabolic arc). Senior students