Ommadon vs. Sir Peter. Magic vs. Logic. Guess who wins. One of my all-time favorite scenes from any movie I've ever seen. I've loved this part ever since I was a kid and I've only ever felt more inspired by it as I've gotten older. Just felt like I needed to share this little piece of me with the world. :)
Peter's "incantations:" "A body in motion tends to stay in motion." - Newton's First Law of Motion
"Protons have 1832 times the mass of electrons." - 30 years later, more precise measurements say 1836 http://www.google.com/search?q=mass of proton / mass of electron
"All light is bent or refracted as it goes from one medium to another, save in a direction perpendicular to the interface between the two mediums." - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refraction
"...new species may result from the selective action of external conditions upon the variations from their specific type which individuals present...." - T. H. Huxley, to Darwin on Origin of Species
"Gravity varies as to the inverse square of the distance." - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inverse-square_law#Gravitation
"The velocity of light is equal to the wavelength times the frequency of vibration." - This is actually true of anything that propagates as a wave as it's the definition of the phase velocity of the wave. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phase_velocity
"The geometrical properties of the space-time continuum are determined by the masses present in space and time." - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_relativity
"Come algebra, anatomy, astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, geometry, mathematics, meteorology, mineralogy, oceanography, paleontology, physics, psychology, sociology, trigonometry, and zoology!"
Flight of Dragons is (c) WB 1982
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I think it will always depend on who's in charge to make the decision. Sometimes they're equal...