Hi, I’d like to start some discussion about the utility of modern theoretical physics. • How important is the development of theory in the more applied fields of physics like biophysics, condensed matter? Are there relatively recent examples when a theoretical result was instrumental to the understanding of some real phenomenon? I understand there are open questions in hard condensed matter physics for example, but in my experience, purely theoretical papers in these fields can be quite disconnected from the realities of experiment and the most useful ideas one gets from reading is a very qualitative idea of the paper’s point. • Is modern theoretical physics more detail-oriented, computational, and ultimately less physically insightful than it used to be? Perhaps this is because there are less, open fundamental questions? Extreme points of contrast would be development of the mathematical theory of E&M, quantum mechanics, which were revolutionary for experimental and theoretical physics. • We seem to live in the golden age of applied science. The Standard model has its inadequacies, but are these inadequacies less relevant to the rest of science, than say those of classical mechanics were looking into 20th century physics? I’m sure you can detect my bias, but I’ve made some generalizations across fields and I would love to hear some specific examples of counterpoint. I thought academic guidance seemed like the best place for this.