10-25-09, 05:25 PM #1science manGuest
What are the different types of physics?
such as one type being theoretical physics. What are the others?
10-25-09, 05:35 PM #2
But it does leave out experimental physics - the guys who get their hands dirty with something other than pencil graphite.
"Theoretical" and "experimental" are normally subsets of particle physics.
Whoops, also not mentioned.
10-25-09, 05:42 PM #3science manGuest
10-25-09, 09:48 PM #4
10-25-09, 09:51 PM #5
2. non-classical (relativity, quantum physics)
Fundamentals of Nonclassical Physics
10-25-09, 10:24 PM #6
10-26-09, 12:05 AM #7
"classical" is just a historical classification. Sometimes relativity is included in classical physics depending on author's intent and preference. A quantum mechanics textbook, likewise, may use classical as synonymous with the non-relativistic limit.
Another historical classification is experiments before and after 1960. About this time the need to quantify uncertainty achieved market share, and people started reporting error estimates on measurements.
10-26-09, 06:12 AM #8
True theoretical physics only began to be taught in universities at the turn of the last century however. Before then, an individual scientist was equally adept at the theoretical and experimental parts.
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