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When did physics became science?

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August 22, 2013 8:01PM

The question of when physics became a science is tantamount to deciding who was the first the practicing physicist. Physics considered to be the study of the interaction between matter and energy is arguably the oldest science. The classical areas of study i.e. mechanics, motion, etc., have been of interest since time immemorial. As a judgement call, it can argued that physics as a science began with Issac Newton (1642-1727) but arguments can be made for Galielo (1565-1642) as well as the early Greeks or even earlier considering the building projects of each of the world's early civilizations.