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Chemical and Thermal Physics

  1. Feb 25, 2012 #1
    Are there any major questions yet to be solved in these fields?
    Also where exactly does thermodynamics, heat fit into physics?Thermal Physics?
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  3. Feb 26, 2012 #2


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    Hi absurdist! AFAIK, thermodynamics is a part of physics, and a part of the broader field thermal physics. I don't know of any open questions in pure thermal physics, but I'm sure there must be some. Here is a really big open question related to thermodynamics: Entropy (arrow of time); "Why did the universe have such low entropy in the past, resulting in the distinction between past and future and the second law of thermodynamics?"
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  4. Feb 27, 2012 #3
    I think your example is more Astrophysics, you'd probably need background in astronomy/cosmology, I suppose. I am beginning to think most of the theories have been proven to the extent of no further fundamental discoveries. Now there's only room for applied research.
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