Physics is the science of matter and energy and of interactions between the two. While at first this may look simple, the interactions between matter and energy are not always simple. This is compounded by the fact that matter and energy have been shown to be manifestations of the same thing, and that they affect both space and time.
To a large degree physics deals with the details of how the universe works. For example quantum physics shows the universe to be indeterminate at its most fundamental level, which is consistent with the Biblical idea that God controls and sustains the universe. In fact indeterminacy at a fundamental level is actually predicted by the idea of a universe controlled and sustained by God.
In general creationists have little if any disagreement with major theories of physics, however there is disagreement on their application to origins. Physics has proven quite useful in creation science. In recent years there has been great success in applying physics to creation cosmologies and flood geology.
- Main Article: Standard Model theory
The Standard Model of particle physics is the current leading scientific theory used to explain, based on indirect observation, what matter is made of and by some experimentation, how it interacts through symmetrical relationships in terms of formation, destruction and collisions.
Fields of Physics
Traditional or classical physics includes the traditional branches and topics that were already recognized and well developed before the 20th century. Classical physics includes most of the ideas about energy, forces, heat, light, electricity and magnetism, until about 1900. Isaac Newton provided important contributions to classical physics in developing classical mechanics as a systematic theory and was one of the originators of calculus as a mathematical tool. The fields of thermodynamics and electricity and magnetism were developed in the latter part of the 19th century.
At the turn of the 20th century, a great revolution has expanded the world of physics. Modern physics developed mainly because of the observation that many physical phenomena could not be explained by classical physics. Several experimental results lead to the developing of a new physics. Among them those performed by H. Hertz about the photoelectric effect, the discovery of the electron by J. J. Thomson in 1897 and the experiments of A. Michelson and E. Morley showing that the speed of light is independent of the reference frame. Planck, in 1900, provided the basic ideas that led to the quantum theory, while Albert Einstein, in 1905, formulated his special theory of relativity. Einstein's theory of relativity revolutionized the traditional concepts of space, time and energy while quantum mechanics provided descriptions of physical phenomena at the atomic level.
- Atomic physics
- Nuclear physics
- Solid-State physics
- Particle physics
- Plasma physics
- Quantum physics
- Special relativity
- General relativity
- Cosmological relativity
- String theory
- 1st Law of Thermodynamics
- 2nd Law of Thermodynamics
- Order from chaos
- Complex specified information
Physics Sites of Interest
- Ackroyd, James E.; Anderson, Mark; Berg, Carmen; Martin, Brian E (2009). Physics. Pearson Education Canada. p. 702. ISBN 978-0-13-505048-4.
- Halliday, David; Resnick, Robert; Walker, Jearl (2007). Fundamentals of Physics. 1 (8th ed.). Wiley. p. 3. ISBN 978-0-47004473-5.
- Becchi, Carlo Maria; D'Elia, Massimo (2010). Introduction to the Basic Concept of Modern Physics (2nd ed.). Milano, Italy: Springer-Verlag. p. V. ISBN 978-88-470-1615-6. http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-88-470-1616-3/page/1.
- Serway, Raymond A.; Moses, Clement J.; Moyer, Curt A (2005). Modern Physics (3rd ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson/Brooks/Cole. p. 1. ISBN 0-534-49339-4.