physics (n.) 1580s, "natural science," from PHYSIC (Cf. physic) in sense of "natural science." Also see -ICS (Cf. -ics). Specific sense of "science treating of properties of matter and energy" is from 1715. Physicist coined 1840 by the Rev. William Whewell (1794-1866), English polymath, to denote a "cultivator of physics" as opposed to a PHYSICIAN (Cf. physician).

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