What do highly theoretical physcists (fundalmental physics like beyond the standard model) do all day? Mostly maths? On the computer?
Jason's sole concern is the "ladies". i bet he started doing mathematics simply to impress the "ladies" much like how many guys learn guitar for similar reasons.
most theorists are phenomenologists, meaning they seek to explain phenomena using some theory.
what do they do? i have no clue. probably sit around and think a lot.
most theorists are phenomenologists, meaning they seek to explain phenomena using some theory. what does this really mean? computing values for certain things, like mass of (blank) , energy of (blank), etc. using the formulae of a theory. Obviously this isn't as easy as it sounds.
very very few theorists are model builders, theory inventers. what do they do? i have no clue. probably sit around and think a lot.
I have been lurking on this forum for quite awhile, and one thing I notice, is that when talking about theorists everyone seems to ignore the fact that there are many many people working in condensed matter theory as well. (Not to mention perhaps smaller fields such as plasma physics theory). Why is this?
i don't understand the implication? the condensed matter theorist i worked for this summer was still a phenomenologist. the paper he wrote this summer was second order calculations of feynman diagrams for something something.