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[Phys-L] Re: Fields etc

The issue of whether things like energy or electricity are tangible, and in
particular tangible personal property, have multimillion dollar tax
implications and might make an interesting relevant topic for discussion
with students.

See, for example:

These tax issues provide a striking reason for scientific literacy. When
tax laws are written using ill-defined terms such as "electricity," it's
clear that legislators and their aides need improved science education.

Larry Woolf
General Atomics
San Diego, CA 92121

-----Original Message-----
From: Forum for Physics Educators On Behalf Of Daniel Crowe
Sent: Thursday, March 24, 2005 8:48 PM
Subject: Re: Fields etc

Does "real" necessarily imply a tangible object? Can
intangible properties be real? I don't know that anyone is
arguing that fields and energy are tangible objects. Can
anyone explain what it means to say that an intangible
property is real?
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