Thursday, April 19, 2007

Maps of Physics

Studying science (physics) it's easy to get lost in the detail. Somehow 'they' never seem to give you an overall map of the territory. Richard Baker, who studied postgrad physics at Cambridge, published the following useful maps on his website here.

NOTE: click on the pictures to make them larger and more readable.

The picture above tells the story of the history of discovery. However, what is really useful is the relationships between and conceptual structure of the present set of foundational theories. Richard helpfully provides this picture.

The only advice I would give Richard is to re-examine this absurd obsession with Iain M. Banks and The Culture!