Originally posted by sonhouse
It just goes to show you how smart those dudes were.
I have been watching various university physics courses and it is often amazing to me how early various parts of physics were known.
One thing I find especially interesting is how old and how far reaching Quantum Mechanics is, yet I grew up, and went through school thinking it was a very new idea with only niche applications - and never once were we taught even an overview of what it was.
With Newtonian mechanics we would be told that at higher levels of study we would come to relativity and that Newtonian mechanics was only an approximation etc.
With learning about graphs we were told that later on we could do many more things with Calculus.
But this never happened as far as I recall with quantum mechanics. It is seen by much of the public as a poorly understood side branch of science with weird effects that nobody is comfortable with.
But the reality I have come to find out in later life is that it is the foundation of much of physics, and even tells us how much of chemistry works too.