Theory - List of Notable Theories

List of Notable Theories

  • Astronomy: Big Bang Theory
  • Biology: Cell theory — Evolution — Germ theory
  • Chemistry: Molecular theory — Kinetic theory of gases — Molecular orbital theory — Valence bond theory — Transition state theory — RRKM theory — Chemical graph theory — Flory-Huggins solution theory — Marcus theory — Lewis theory (successor to Brønsted–Lowry acid–base theory) — HSAB theory — Debye–Hückel theory — Thermodynamic theory of polymer elasticity — Reptation theory — Polymer field theory — Møller–Plesset perturbation theory — Density Functional Theory — Frontier molecular orbital theory — Polyhedral skeletal electron pair theory — Baeyer strain theory — Quantum theory of atoms in molecules — Collision theory — Ligand field theory (successor to Crystal field theory) — Variational Transition State Theory — Benson group increment theory — Specific ion interaction theory
  • Climatology: Climate change theory (due to anthropogenic activity)
  • Economics: Macroeconomic theory — Microeconomic theory
  • Education: Constructivist theory — Critical pedagogy theory — Education theory — Multiple intelligence theory — Progressive education theory
  • Engineering: Circuit theory — Control theory — Signal theory — Systems theory — Information theory
  • Film: Film Theory
  • Geology: Plate tectonics
  • Humanities: Critical theory
  • Linguistics: X-bar theory — Government and Binding — Principles and Parameters - Universal grammar
  • Literature: Literary theory
  • Mathematics: Approximation theory — Arakelov theory — Asymptotic theory — Bifurcation theory — Catastrophe theory — Category theory — Chaos theory — Choquet theory — Coding theory — Combinatorial game theory — Computability theory — Computational complexity theory — Deformation theory — Dimension theory — Ergodic theory — Field theory — Galois theory — Game theory — Graph theory — Group theory — Hodge theory — Homology theory — Homotopy theory — Ideal theory — Intersection theory — Invariant theory — Iwasawa theory — K-theory — KK-theory — Knot theory — L-theory — Lie theory — Littlewood–Paley theory — Matrix theory — Measure theory — Model theory — Morse theory — Nevanlinna theory — Number theory — Obstruction theory — Operator theory — PCF theory — Perturbation theory — Potential theory — Probability theory — Ramsey theory — Rational choice theory — Representation theory — Ring theory — Set theory — Shape theory — Small cancellation theory — Spectral theory — Stability theory — Stable theory — Sturm–Liouville theory — Twistor theory
  • Music: Music theory
  • Philosophy: Proof theory — Speculative reason — Theory of truth — Type theory — Value theory — Virtue theory
  • Physics: Acoustic theory — Antenna theory — Atomic theory — BCS theory — Landau theory — M-theory — Perturbation theory — Theory of relativity (successor to classical mechanics) — Quantum field theory — Scattering theory — String theory
  • Psychology: Cognitive dissonance theory - Attachment Theory - Object permanance - Poverty of stimulus - Attribution Theory - Self fulfilling prophecy - Stockholm syndrome
  • Sociology: Sociological theory — Social theory — Critical theory
  • Sports: Chess theory
  • Statistics: Extreme value theory
  • Theatre: Performance theory
  • Visual Art: Aesthetics — Art Educational theory — Architecture — Composition — Anatomy — Color theory — Perspective — Visual perception — Geometry — Manifolds
  • Other: Obsolete scientific theories

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