What is theoretical physics?

Theoretical Physics

A physical theory is a model of physical events. It is judged by the extent to which its predictions agree with empirical observations. The quality of a physical theory is also judged on its ability to make new predictions which can be verified by new observations. A physical theory differs from a mathematical theorem in that while both are based on some form of axioms, judgment of mathematical applicability is not based on agreement with any experimental results.

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Munir Ahmad Khan - Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC)
... and later as head of the IAEA's reactor physics division, which enabled him to direct senior scientists to working under him ... metallurgy, chemistry and interdisciplinary projects that would differs the physics ... On 20 December, Abdus Salam established the Theoretical Physics Group (TPG) in PAEC when two theoretical physicists working at the International ...
Ishrat Hussain Usmani - Government Work - Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission
... Salam undertook to establish a world-class physics institute in Pakistan, Usmani lobbied for it in the United States ... met with Salam when the latter was the professor of Theoretical Physics at the Imperial College of Science and Technology ... to Salam in establishing the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), and played a supportive role to make Abdus Salam the Director of the ...
Lawrence Paul Horwitz
... and mathematician who has made contributions in particle physics, statistical mechanics, mathematical physics, theory of unstable systems, classical chaos and quantum chaos, relativistic quantum ... He then worked at the Department of Theoretical Physics at the University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland, until 1966, and became full professor at the Department of Physics, University of ... He has been Full Professor at the School of Physics, Tel Aviv University since 1972 (Professor Emeritus since 1998), and teaching externally as well at Bar Ilan University from 1990 ...
Theoretical Physicist - History
... For more details on this topic, see History of physics ... Theoretical physics began at least 2,300 years ago, under the Pre-socratic philosophy, and continued by Plato and Aristotle, whose views held sway for a millennium ... Each of these individuals picked up the interactive intertwining of mathematics and physics begun two millennia earlier by Pythagoras ...
List Of Prizes, Medals, And Awards - Science and Technology - Physics
... Comstock Prize in Physics – Awarded about every five years (National Academy of Sciences) Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics (American Astronomical Society and the American ... Medal of the ICTP" is given each year by the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) ... Paul Dirac Medal and Prize" is awarded annually by the Institute of Physics for "outstanding contributions to theoretical (including mathematical and computational) physics ...

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