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"From the Ted Talk by James Beacham: How we explore unanswered questions in physics"

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As a kid, I would pzluze over questions just like this. I would fiddle around with moroepciscs and elmrtatnoecges, and I would read about the ferocs of the small and about quantum mechanics and I would marvel at how well that description matched up to our observation. Then I would look at the stars, and I would read about how well we understand gravity, and I would think surely, there must be some elegant way that these two systems macth up. But there's not. And the books would say, yeah, we understand a lot about these two realms separately, but when we try to link them mathematically, everything breaks.

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As a kid, I would ______ over questions just like this. I would fiddle around with ___________ and ______________, and I would read about the ______ of the small and about quantum mechanics and I would marvel at how well that description matched up to our observation. Then I would look at the stars, and I would read about how well we understand gravity, and I would think surely, there must be some elegant way that these two systems _____ up. But there's not. And the books would say, yeah, we understand a lot about these two realms separately, but when we try to link them mathematically, everything breaks.

Solution

  1. puzzle
  2. match
  3. microscopes
  4. forces
  5. electromagnets

Original Text

As a kid, I would puzzle over questions just like this. I would fiddle around with microscopes and electromagnets, and I would read about the forces of the small and about quantum mechanics and I would marvel at how well that description matched up to our observation. Then I would look at the stars, and I would read about how well we understand gravity, and I would think surely, there must be some elegant way that these two systems match up. But there's not. And the books would say, yeah, we understand a lot about these two realms separately, but when we try to link them mathematically, everything breaks.

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Important Words

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  2. breaks
  3. description
  4. electromagnets
  5. elegant
  6. fiddle
  7. forces
  8. gravity
  9. kid
  10. link
  11. lot
  12. marvel
  13. match
  14. matched
  15. mathematically
  16. mechanics
  17. microscopes
  18. observation
  19. puzzle
  20. quantum
  21. questions
  22. read
  23. realms
  24. separately
  25. small
  26. stars
  27. surely
  28. systems
  29. understand
  30. yeah