"Everything I know I learned by doing physics homework problems"

Dr.  Carlton Caves

Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of New Mexico


How many times have your professors told you that doing homework
problems in undergraduate and graduate physics courses is essential
to learning the material and teaches you the physics approach to
problem solving?  You actually learn far more than just how to do
problems.  You also learn how to vet and check your work, and the
techniques for doing so are the foundations for scientific integrity.
I will discuss how tips for doing homework problems can be applied to
evaluate two extraordinary claims about predicting the future: Gott's
rule for predicting the future duration of a phenomenon from its
present age and the closely related doomsday argument.