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Re: [Phys-L] Ex: Re: Coronavirus, Most Vulnerable Demographic

We should be educating about physics topics. That's what this listserv is
about. No need to mention the President or anything not related to physics
teaching. Seems simple to me and most others I'm sure. I have many strong
personal beliefs (and I accept what others believe), but I don't share them
here as it would be inappropriate.

On Sat, Apr 11, 2020 at 11:25 PM bernard cleyet via Phys-l <> wrote:

On 2020/Apr/10, at 11:44, Anthony Lapinski <> wrote:

Well said! We all need to keep the political discussions out. (and CV19
naturally leads to heated debates). We all need to be whistleblowers. For
me, the CV19 discussion has not helped me in my remote teaching (of sound
and optics). Curious if it has helped anyone else. And if so, how?

I think this is the answer:

On 2020/Apr/10, at 11:36, Albert J. Mallinckrodt <> wrote:

Modeling phenomena is absolutely central to physics and teaching HOW to
model phenomena is absolutely central to physics teaching. And because
epidemiology is applied math (i.e. physics) in as pure a form as you will
find anywhere, nothing could be a more appropriate topic for this list.

bc apologizes for not initially remembering that.

I’ve done extensive modeling of pendula:,%20Horological%20and%20Otherwise/.

I DO understand that modeling THIS epidemic leads to inescapable—and,
for those who still haven’t faced the consequences of their own bad
choices, highly unwelcome—political implications. But it is THAT that has
nothing to do with physics or physics teaching and it should not deter us.

John Mallinckrodt
Cal Poly Pomona

BTW: because phys-l is largely populated by college teachers and
research physicists, a rather homogenous membership, it’s been largely
free of controversy; even though there’ve been “off list” posts —
especially since the "Twerp” became president. So, when there’s a “hetero”
post, some complain. Of my interest is what drives the differing
personality of the complainers and the ignorers. In my and one or two
others the response has been an attempt to educate.

much cut

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