- #1

- 54

- 0

"to what degree can mathematicians research physics and vice versa ?"

also, say you're in the analysis department of math for instance, to what degree is your research confined to the branch of analysis?

thanks

You are using an out of date browser. It may not display this or other websites correctly.

You should upgrade or use an alternative browser.

You should upgrade or use an alternative browser.

This is a difficult question. Some mathematicians are able to do good work in physics, while others are not as adept and are restricted to doing work in the mathematics of physics.

- #1

- 54

- 0

"to what degree can mathematicians research physics and vice versa ?"

also, say you're in the analysis department of math for instance, to what degree is your research confined to the branch of analysis?

thanks

Physics news on Phys.org

- #2

- 2,607

- 778

David Hilbert said : "Physics is getting too difficult for Physicists"

- #3

- 54

- 0

wow, that's one hell of a coincidence! I just read that yesterday :D

- #4

- 1,344

- 33

Dr Transport said:David Hilbert said : "Physics is getting too difficult for Physicists"

No wonder there's a controversy regarding Hilbert's contribution to general relativity.

- #5

- 13,316

- 2,693

failexam said:No wonder there's a controversy regarding Hilbert's contribution to general relativity.

There's no controversy, Einstein constantly supplied him with ideas and the status of his work, so that Hilbert's article of 1915 didn't pop out of thin air.

- #6

- 1,344

- 33

But couldn't Einstein have formulated his theory quicker if he had been more adept in mathematics?

- #7

- 13,316

- 2,693

As to the original question of this thread, there's still a lot of room being left for mathematicians to write papers in (mathematical) physics, no doubt about it. After all, the tradition of the 20th century: Hilbert, von Neumann, Weyl, Wigner, Gelfand, Naimark, K. Friedrichs, I.E. Segal, Mackey, etc. must be carried forward.

- #8

Science Advisor

- 1,793

- 1,192

Mathematicians can do good work in physics if, and only if they are able to ill-define their mathematical concepts, i.e. if they understand that physics is ill-defined mathematical structure.damabo said:

"to what degree can mathematicians research physics and vice versa ?"

also, say you're in the analysis department of math for instance, to what degree is your research confined to the branch of analysis?

thanks

sam

- #9

Science Advisor

- 1,793

- 1,192

Hilbert knew all the mathematical structures of GR 20 years before 1916, so why didn't he formulate GR 20 years ealier than Einstein?failexam said:

But couldn't Einstein have formulated his theory quicker if he had been more adept in mathematics?

Sam

- #10

- 54

- 0

Share:

- Replies
- 3

- Views
- 137

- Replies
- 20

- Views
- 1K

- Replies
- 3

- Views
- 105

- Replies
- 3

- Views
- 1K

- Replies
- 6

- Views
- 1K

- Replies
- 2

- Views
- 743

- Replies
- 15

- Views
- 3K

- Replies
- 10

- Views
- 276

- Replies
- 2

- Views
- 1K

- Replies
- 14

- Views
- 2K