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At college I had to take a required course in physics and chemistry.
Sylvia Plath -- The Bell Jar
One of the Holy Grails in physics is to find the so-called Theory of Everything, the final theory that will encompass all the fundamental laws of nature.
Jay Allison, et al. -- This I Believe
Thought you had physics.
Laurie Halse Anderson -- The Impossible Knife of Memory
Among many, many others, the following things were definitely not interesting: the pupillary sphincter, mitosis, baroque architecture, jokes that have physics equations as punch lines, the British monarchy, Russian grammar, and the significant rule that salt has played in human history.
John Green -- An Abundance of Katherines
Your dad worked in Silicon Valley and your mom was a college professor, I’m thinking physics or chemistry."
And that other thing—science—would still generate gravity and quantum physics and whatever.
Rick Riordan -- The Trials of Apollo
And it’s physics last thing Friday afternoon.
Louise Rennison -- Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
This is more like physics.
Rebecca Stead -- When You Reach Me
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Physics, Chemistry, and Biology had been replaced by Fundamentals of Industry and Agriculture, because of Chairman Mao’s instruction to "combine education with practical experience."
Ji-Li Jiang -- Red Scarf Girl
When Fredi was in college, he took a physics class over the summer at a local community college.
Joshua Davis -- Spare Parts
There is only chance in this world, chance and physics.
Anthony Doerr -- All the Light We Cannot See
I look up from the Physics textbook that has been my close companion for the past three hours.
Katja Millay -- The Sea of Tranquility
Then I went around to every boy in the class, milked his rat, explained the physics of the maneuver, and how I was going to use it to break up fights, rebellions, or mutinies in the class.
Pat Conroy -- The Water is Wide
There’s a picture of one blowing up in the Physics book, mushroom cloud and all.
Margaret Atwood -- Cat’s Eye
I mean, they do have the Applied Physics Laboratory and the Space Telescope Science Institute at Johns Hopkins, to say nothing of the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt.
Donna Tartt -- The Goldfinch
I may not be able to conjure a spell, but I know basic physics.
Nora Roberts -- Dark Witch
Like this girl Sarah in my physics class.
Sara Shepard -- Pretty Little Liars
Stuart needs "space" and "time," as if this were physics and not a human relationship.
Kathryn Stockett -- The Help
By all the laws of physics, she thought, the boat, unbalanced, ought to have been toppling sideways into the water.
Cassandra Clare -- City of Lost Souls
Only once did he receive a grade lower than B: an F, in high school physics.
Jon Krakauer -- Into the Wild
Still, he had learned some things about weightshifting in personal combat class, and about the physics of moving objects.
Orson Scott Card -- Ender’s Game
She will present a paper she has coauthored on the use of modular forms outside of number theory, specifically in topology and theoretical physics.
Khaled Hosseini -- And The Mountains Echoed
They had these machines in the medical center and the physics department.
Malcolm Gladwell -- Outliers
Once again, Thomas looked in awe at the massive moving wall—it defied any sense of physics.
James Dashner -- The Maze Runner
You know I dropped medicine and took up physics?
H.G. Wells -- The Invisible Man
I had physics, algebra, geometry, astronomy, Greek and Latin.
Helen Keller -- Story of My Life
"A physics book, I suppose," he said stiffly.
Homer Hickam -- October Sky
The highest wisdom is not founded on reason alone, not on those worldly sciences of physics, history, chemistry, and the like, into which intellectual knowledge is divided.
Leo Tolstoy -- War and Peace
The labour we delight in physics pain.
William Shakespeare -- Macbeth
He had a lot to learn about physics, but we were already landing.
Walter Dean Myers -- Fallen Angels
I wasn’t aware Geneva had a physics lab.
Dan Brown -- Angels & Demons
She’d explain the science behind the stars, talk about physics and chemistry as if we were her college students.
Rick Riordan -- The Red Pyramid
Logic and physics were no part of his mental makeup.
Jack London -- White Fang
In my high-school physics class.
Ralph Ellison -- Invisible Man
Although many fields of science, such as physics and chemistry, had become federally funded, paleontology remained strongly dependent on private patrons.
Michael Crichton -- Jurassic Park
The third and fourth floors had white-painted, modern classrooms and large, well-equipped chemistry, physics and biology laboratories.
Chaim Potok -- The Chosen
I could imagine a new world where anything was possible, where no laws applied, not even the laws of physics, and we could be anything we wanted.
Rick Riordan -- The Throne of Fire
"Simple physics!" she yelled.
Rick Riordan -- The Lightning Thief
Doubtless Master Artemis would have understood the physics of this machine, all Butler cared about was whether or not he could disable it.
Eoin Colfer -- Artemis Fowl
By his nineteenth birthday he’d gotten a degree in creative writing and physics and published his first story in Esquire; by his early twenties, when he started looking into the HeLa story, he’d already published two books and joined the staff of Rolling Stone.
Rebecca Skloot -- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
When neither herb teas nor physics cured him she was helpless.
John Steinbeck -- East of Eden
His last correspondence from Vittoria had been in December—a postcard saying she was headed to the Java Sea to continue her research in entanglement physics… something about using satellites to track manta ray migrations.
Dan Brown -- The Da Vinci Code
Captain Phoebus’s heart, like the physics of that day, abhorred a vacuum.
Victor Hugo -- The Hunchback of Notre Dame
I’d noticed her homework and tried to buy things she’d like, not only novels, but books about physics, religion, philosophy, and duplicate volumes for myself so I could read anything that caught her attention.
Alex Flinn -- Beastly
Third, her physics teacher had used this very movie to prove, scientifically, that given the speed of the car and the trajectory of the vectors, the actor could indeed jump the bridge-but only if the wind wasn’t blowing.
Jodi Picoult -- Nineteen Minutes
At the head of the queue of course were the hungriest—little Albert Kropp, the clearest thinker among us and therefore only a lance-corporal; Miller, who still carries his school textbooks with him, dreams of examinations, and during a bombardment mutters propositions in physics; Leer, who wears a full beard and has a preference for the girls from officers’ brothels.
Erich Maria Remarque -- All Quiet on the Western Front
She shows her father a recent physics exam, on which she is ashamed to have scored only an 82.
Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin -- Three Cups of Tea
All these technical terms, and it’s not even physics; still, who can say that a poem isn’t engineered?
Thomas C. Foster -- How to Read Literature Like a Professor