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Physicists and Applications

  1. Apr 26, 2006 #1
    "I just formulated Bernoulli's principle! What are some applications?"

    Do physicists ask/answer these kind of questions? Moreover, are physicists paid to answer these kind of questions or am I thinking too much like an engineer?

    I'm thinking along the lines on John Bardeen et al. with their work on the transister, but other there many more examples?
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2006
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  3. Apr 26, 2006 #2

    Claude Bile

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    Generally, scientists working in applied physics will have some sort of practical goal in mind (Usually dictated by their funding source). If a particular theory looks like in may aid them in acheiving that goal, then it would be used, rather than looking at an equation and thinking 'How can we make a device using this?'.

    This is my personal experience in the field of lasers and applications, I hesitate to make sweeping generalisations because it is likely other fields are quite different.

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