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Examples of "natural" observed events (phenomena) without scientific explanation [closed]

Could you provide me some examples of observed events considered "natural" but with no scientific explanation? I would prefer some easy-to-understand examples, not involving a lot of ...
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Are there any quantum effects which we can see in every day life? [closed]

I am wondering if there are any natural phenomenon in every-day life that cannot be explained by classical physics but can only be explained by quantum mechanics. By classical physics, I mean ...
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Non-supersymmetric CFT in $d=4, 5, 6$

There's no known interacting CFT in $d>6$, see Interacting CFT in $d>6$ Also we know a lot CFT in $d=2$ (minimal models for example) and in $d=3$ (WF fixed points in $4-\epsilon$ approach to ...
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Using technology in Physics [closed]

Currently I find that technology is a wonderful tool in efficiently understanding physics. It helps in giving access to resources and providing a better understanding of topics but what I dislike is ...
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Which quantities are Lorentz-Invariable and which are not? [duplicate]

The only physical constant I know for sure is Lorentz-Invariant is electric charge. I am curious to know if there are others even if it's not possible to make an exhaustive list.
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What quantities are Lorenz-Invariant? [closed]

I understand that quantities in physics can either be Lorenz-Invariant (eg charge) or Lorenz-Covariant (eg length). Is it possible to obtain an exhaustive list of which quantities are which?
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Ways to derive black-body radiation in Unruh effect

I know two ways to derive black-body radiation in Unruh effect and they are: Using Bogoliubov coefficients (N. D. Birrell and Paul Davies) Using Page approximation (David J. Toms and Leonard Parker) ...
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What are the principal applications of linear algebra in theoretical physics? [closed]

I am currently doing Shankar's Principle of Quantum Mechanics, and I am wondering besides the Quantum Mechanics applications that I already know it's a myriad, what are the other things inside physics ...
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Are there good examples of entities that are taken to exist in physics because talking about them is useful, but that don't really exist? [closed]

This question is for work in philosophy, but can only answered by physicists. It's hard to make it more precise without already knowing the answer to it. I'm looking for a good example, if there is ...
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Natural phenomena with cubic behaviour [closed]

I'd like to know which natural phenomena (in planet earth) may be described with a cubic function/polynomial? or is there not any. Accelerated movement is quadratic. Work, is also quadratic. the ...
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A fitting example for discoveries that were hypothesized before the discovery [closed]

(The motivation for the below question is to explain the concept of the so-called scientific evidence to laymen.) (I am sorry that the question is somewhat broad.) What would be a fitting (and ...
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What alternatives did Einstein ponder to supersede quantum mechanics? [closed]

It is well known that Einstein was unhappy with quantum mechanics and it is also well known that he worked on new ideas. Is there surveys or books or research notes or lecture notes that talk about ...
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What are some common counterintuitive classical physics phenomena that you can think of? [closed]

Some ordinary and everyday physics phenomena are counterintuitive when first encountered. Examples: demo of moment of inertia of cylinders rolling down an inclined plane by prof Walter Lewin: https://...
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Are there aspects of General Relativity that have yet to be tested?

Good evening everyone, I am new in the field of General Relativity and I have been reading and learning about the subject in recent months. For example, I read several articles about experiments ...
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Insightful educational games about physics?

I came across this game called "a slower speed of light". I don't know whether it is officially an "educational game" (I haven't played it), but it is about the effects of special ...
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List of Possible Quantum cryptographic tasks? [closed]

Other than Shor's algorithm for integer factorization, what are some other algorithms that will benefit from quantum computers? I am exploring the potential quantum cryptographic tasks.
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Nabla operator ∇, applications? [closed]

I'm a math student I'm making one project of problems involving the operator ∇ or "Nabla operator. Just to make a hint of: gradient, divergence and curl. I need more examples of it's uses and its ...
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Where is the method of Contour integration used in physics? [closed]

Complex numbers have a wide variety of application in physics and so must be contour integration but where do we exactly apply the principles of contour integration, residues and poles in the field of ...
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Were there any mathematically sound physics theories that turned out to be wrong? [closed]

What are some (if any) mathematically elegant/sound theories of physics that turned out to be wrong?
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Easy to perform quantitative experiments at home [closed]

What are some easy to perform physics experiments that can be done at home (with not too much special equipment) and that allow to actually measure/plot data and draw conclusions from it? My son is ...
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Basic Classification of Energy [closed]

When I was still in school, I learnt that there are 2 types of energy: Potential & Kinetic Energy. When I searched Wikipedia and other sources, there were many forms of energy. There are some ...
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What are the next generation physics experiments? [closed]

The LHC and LIGO are two recent examples of hugely ambitious experiments in fundamental physics, both of which took decades to develop. What are the next major experiments currently being planned and ...
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Examples of Bernoulli Numbers, Euler-Mascheroni Integration, and the $\zeta(n)$ in physics [closed]

In Arfken's Mathematical Methods for Physicists, there is a subsection of the "Infinite Series" chapter which covers the Bernoulli numbers, Euler-Mascheroni integration (or summation), and the ...
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What theoretical predictions took the longest to be experimentally confirmed? [closed]

Looking forward to Einstein's general relativity centennial in 2015, I was thinking about how cool it would be if LIGO detects gravitational waves in 1916 (centennial of Einstein's "weak field" paper) ...
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Is there a commonly used unit of measure (other than temperature units) that is not absolute? [closed]

I live in a country where we use Degree-Celsius(°C) to measure the temperature. Sometimes from one day to the other, the temperature rises from 10°C to 20°C and I hear people say, "Wow! Today is twice ...
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Physics research topic for Undergraduate students [closed]

Can You tell me some research topics for 1st year undergraduate students? I am not getting how to make a research paper?
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Upcoming 'things to watch' in physics [closed]

What are the 'things to watch' in physics happening in the next year or so? E.g. A big astronomical event that happens only every n thousand years, or an experiment in particle physics which will ...
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What interesting physics problems can't be solved because mathematics is not developed enough? [closed]

I'm curious as to what sorts of physical problems to which we don't have an answer, because we haven't developed the right mathematics yet (or advanced-enough mathematics). Related to this question ...
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Physics classics [closed]

I would like some help to find good and detailed books on the history of physics. Which are the classics in this domain? Which are your favorite?
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Counting Problems in Physics [closed]

What are some classic counting problems in physics? I'm trying to think of interesting examples to give in a math class on the matter, and I feel as if physics should have some ones to offer.
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Classic home experiments for an 8-year-old child [closed]

My 8-year-old daughter's school report says that she's good at understanding the basic science she's doing, but she's having trouble seeing how experimental results lead to conclusions. Specifically, ...
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Can you give example of some problems with solutions in each of Newtonian, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian method? [closed]

I am a student from information system and just want to know about classical mechanics. I know Newtonian mechanics from high school and I have read about Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics in ...
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Applications of low-dimensional topology to physics [duplicate]

As a mathematics graduate student whose research area lies in low-dimensional topology (more precisely, invariants of 3-dimensional topological manifolds), I heard that there exist multiple ...
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Best Sets of Physics Lecture Notes and Articles [closed]

This post is inspired by this math.se post. Let me start by apologizing if there is another thread on phys.se that subsumes this. I often find that I learn best from sets of lecture notes and short ...
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Accidental, unplanned breakthroughs in physics [closed]

There is possibly some idiom or saying like this, "If you try too hard for something, you will never get it. If you do not aim for something, it may fall on you accidentally, not as you originally ...
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Are there still 'everyday' phenomena unexplained by Physics? [closed]

There are two very famous quotes from German Nobel Laureate Albert Abraham Michelson that are remembered mainly for being extremely wrong (especially since he said them just before two major ...
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Generic features, semi-heuristic derivations [closed]

Einstein was able to make some predictions before GR was fully formulated. e.g. gravitational time dilation. Such predictions before the full theory are referred to as "semi-heuristic derivations" ...
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List of Physical Toys [closed]

There should be a list of toys considered "physical", which demonstrate or make you think over certain physical principles/phenomena. And of course which could just amaze. Related question at MSE is "...
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10 Big Problems - Condensed Matter [closed]

I think it was Feynman that suggested that you should always carry ten big problems around in your head, and when you encounter a new method, see whether this new method allows you to make progress on ...
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What are the best astronomy blogs and podcasts? [closed]

For someone who likes learning about astronomy what are the blogs and/or podcasts that I should be following?
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Interesting topics to research in mathematical physics for undergraduates [closed]

I'm planning on getting into research in mathematical physics and was wondering about interesting topics I can get into and possibly make some progress on. I'm particularity fond of abstract algebra ...
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Readable books on advanced topics [closed]

I realise that there are already a few questions looking for general book recommendations, but the motivation and type of book I'm looking for here is a little different, so I hope you can indulge me. ...
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In astronomy what phenomena have theory predicted before observations?

As far as I know, astronomy is generally an observational science. We see something and then try to explain why it is happening. The one exception that I know of is black holes: first it was thought ...
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Proofs that every professional physicist should know [closed]

There's been a lot of questions about books that every physicist should read, or what are the most important papers in physics. I would say there are also proofs in physics that have that wow factor ...
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The Role of Rigor [closed]

The purpose of this question is to ask about the role of mathematical rigor in physics. In order to formulate a question that can be answered, and not just discussed, I divided this large issue into ...
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Open problems in General Relativity [closed]

I would like to know if there are some open mathematical problems in General Relativity, that are important from the point of view of Physics. I mean is there something that still needs to be ...
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Popular books on QM

After some discussions with my friend about some "popular" aspects of quantum mechanics, my friend asked me whether there exist any books that could convey the basic ideas in a non-technical way (my ...
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Recommended progression with which to learn physics for fun

I enjoy reading up on new topics in physics and astronomy, and learning the concepts and ideas in the major theories, like relativity and quantum mechanics. Unfortunately, one thing that I lack ...
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What programming languages would be helpful for a physicist to know? [closed]

From the vantage point of a physicist and the kind of problems he would like a computer program to solve, what are the essential programming languages that a physicist should know. I know C++ and I ...
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Graduate Physics Problems Books

Need to brush up on my late-undergrad and early-grad physics and was wondering if anyone can recommend books or lecture notes (hard copy, or on-line) that also have solutions. Two that I have come ...