Problem with today's physics

Actually problem is not with the subject. The subject is well equipped but the problem is aaaaaaa well actually it is over equipped. There are some important aspects like the nature of light and many such things of superior value which when looked upon, are a bit annoying. Annoying in the way they are explained. The thing is that one cannot give a set of reasons and say "well, this are a bunch of theories. Take any one of them and understand the thing you are looking for." We cannot rely on multiple explanations for a single query. Even if all the theories explain it very well, we cannot just leave the discussion. There's got to be one and only one way the query could be explained with sheer perfection. You cannot in a way leave the choice of reality in the hands of the listener.There's got to be one reason of why it happens the way it happens. There are no "ifs and buts" in the way the universe works. -De^2p

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There is not any single paradigm that "explains all physics". As a matter of fact, one of the great unresolved challenges today in theoretical physics is reconciling quantum physics with general relativity. Both fields were developed almost simultaneously in the early 20th century,and practitioners of both, including Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr, realized that there were fundamental paradigmatic differences between the two--which led to the famous Einstein-Bohr debates in an effort to settle the differences. It's not ever been resolved, even after almost a century of effort.

Why does there seem to be a number of different or even conflicting "explanations" in physics? That is a very deep subject, and it's far more involved than what can be explained here. Maybe will someday have a series of notes or wikis on this subject, but the answers will not be found at the undergraduate level. As a matter of fact, undergraduate studies in physics make almost no mention or even downplay the differences between competing paradigms.

It would be wonderful if this weren't so, so that as one undertakes studies in undergraduate physics, a single clear and consistent paradigm is used to explain all the different branches of physics. But that's not where we are now, so my advice would be that you learn to accept that there seem to be "a bunch of different theories" for just about anything in physics, and learn to master the methods that do work and have a proven record. When you get into graduate or doctorate level physics in theoretical physics, you will finally be equipped with the mathematical skills and insight to be understand "why should this be so".

Michael Mendrin - 5 years, 9 months ago

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