"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.