Thursday, April 1, 2010
Inspired by the Geneva scientists who successfully smashed atoms at high speed this week, I have decided to devote this blog to physics.
Physics covers a wide range of phenomena, from the smallest sub-atomic particles (such as quarks, neutrinos and electrons), to the largest galaxies. Included in these phenomena are the most basic objects from which all other things are composed, and therefore physics is sometimes called the "fundamental science".
While physics deals with a wide variety of systems, there are certain theories that are used by all physicists. These central theories are important tools for research into more specialized topics, and any physicist is expected to be literate in them. These include classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, electromagnetism, and special relativity.
Starting today, this blog will be devoted to my study of these central theories. Check back tomorrow for my expostulation on thermodynamics and the important unsolved theoretical problems of high-temperature superconductivity.