• Question: What happens when an immovable object meets an unstoppable force?

    Asked by fabbyabby to Akram, David, Gill, Jack, laurenceharwood on 11 Mar 2012.
    • Photo: Laurence Harwood

      Laurence Harwood answered on 9 Mar 2012:

      This is one of those philosophical scenarios. The fact is, you can’t have an unstoppable force or an immoveable object.

      Here’s one to think about. When a fly hits a car windscreen it changes direction and so at some point must have stopped. As it is in contact with the car, the car too must have stopped. So a fly can stop a car!!!!!

    • Photo: Jack Snape

      Jack Snape answered on 9 Mar 2012:

      What you’re really asking is… does infinity = infinity?

      That’s more of a question for people who study maths for a living! Do you fancy doing that? :p

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      Gill Menzies answered on 9 Mar 2012:

      Ha ha Laurence – what’s the last thing to go through a fly’s mind when it hits the car windscreen? 😉
      I’m not sure I know the answer to this one, but I can accept that there is no such thing as an unstoppable force, or an immovable object.

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      Akram Alomainy answered on 11 Mar 2012:

      I love the way you think … Immovable and Unstoppable so negating an adjective twice hmmmm … I would like to think there is no impossible but I love Laurence’s example 🙂 Mathematically it might be shown to be true but I am not an expert to answer that so I will start google-ing away now 😉