I've always been interested in how does our universe work. I love lectures about our world and new technologies. However when you do your PhD about birds you observe birds. When you do PhD in physics (correct me if I am wrong) you do programming, engineering or maths stuff. Physics or "world" is only about 5% of your work. The rest is: code debugging, making lab equipment work or solving maths problems. I can't see "physics" in many research papers or in PhD studies (finishing my BSc and looking at PhD topics). I wanted to go for PhD in theoretical physics since maths seems to be the best for me. However I don't find solving maths problem very fascinating. Neither programming or working in lab. I feel like modern physics isn't very intuitive but uses more advanced equipment/computional techniques instead. Is my image of physicist work wrong? Should I go for PhD or if I don't want to do programming/engineering/maths for the rest of my life should I leave it?