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Why not have a physics community for physics enthusiasts?

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Update Jan 4, 2021: launched


Although I still believe that launching new communities should be postponed and that a math & physics community is a better choice for the current state of Codidact, since a separate math community has been launched, let us have a physics community.

Physics is a natural science based on experiments, measurements and mathematical analysis with the purpose of finding quantitative physical laws for everything from the nanoworld of the microcosmos to the planets, solar systems and galaxies that occupy the macrocosmos.

If you enjoy reading articles about black holes, dark matter, extra dimensions, parallel universes, chaos, superconductivity, Big Bang, ..., you are likely to enjoy contributing to a physics community.

So, let us create it.

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\o/ The community has been launched. See: https://physics.codidact.com luap42 😷‭ 6 months ago

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Right now we don't have a good way of identifying people who would help build a new community, so let's do this: if you are interested in helping to build this site, please leave a comment describing your level of interest (casual visitor, enthusiast, expert in this topic within the site's scope, something else?), or edit the post directly. I'll edit comments into the post later.

  • I'm a physics PhD student (Quantum Computing/Engineering specifically) and a mod on the Quantum Computing SE site. It's specific enough a topic that not everything I do is relevant for a physics site and not all of a physics site is relevant for me, but there's enough of an overlap for me to be interested in this — ‭Mithrandir24601

  • I’m interested in Physics as a hobbyist, had it as a advanced subject school and read some books about astronomy. Also got a telescope ;). — ‭luap42‭

  • I'm an astronomy PhD student (pulsars, mainly) and I'm active on Scientific Speculation as a mod and Mathematics as a regular user. I'd be interested, particularly if there's an astrophysics component to the site scope. — ‭HDE 226868‭

  • While physics and chemistry are distinct disciplines, they overlap heavily in fields such as thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, and astrophysics. As a chemistry major I'd have a lot to contribute to this site. — ‭DonielF

  • Experimental nuclear/particle physicist by training. I taught the subject at university for five years, and moderated physics.SE for more than nine years. But I don’t anticipate have time for more than casual use of the proposed site here. — dmckee

  • I'm a physics enthusiast who want to have a good social physics-discussion platform, my current status is that I'm an undergrad college student. — Knight‭

  • I am undergraduate Btech student intrested in blackhole's , whitehole's and quantum physics. — Naveen Mishra‭

  • I'm a physicist, and while for some reason I've not ended up contributing much on physics.SE, I might (or might not, experience will tell) contribute more on a new physics site. — celtschk‭

  • I am casually interested in physics. While I have taken some physics courses during my undergraduate studies, I have never understood the subject deeply, so I have plenty of questions to ask, and they will be more on the elementary side of things. — Valaji Ragam‭

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I'm a physics PhD student (Quantum Computing/Engineering specifically) and a mod on the Quantum Computing SE site. It's specific enough a topic that not everything I do is relevant for a physics site and not all of a physics site is relevant for me, but there's enough of an overlap for me to be interested in this Mithrandir24601‭ 9 months ago

I’m interested in Physics as a hobbyist, had it as a advanced subject school and read some books about astronomy. Also got a telescope ;). luap42 😷‭ 9 months ago

I'm an astronomy PhD student (pulsars, mainly) and I'm active on Scientific Speculation as a mod and Mathematics as a regular user. I'd be interested, particularly if there's an astrophysics component to the site scope. HDE 226868‭ 8 months ago

While physics and chemistry are distinct disciplines, they overlap heavily in fields such as thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, and astrophysics. As a chemistry major I'd have a lot to contribute to this site. DonielF‭ 8 months ago

Experimental nuclear/particle physicist by training. I taught the subject at university for five years, and moderated physics.SE for more than nine years. But I don’t anticipate have time for more than casual use of the proposed site here. dmckee‭ 8 months ago

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Scope

On the whole, this should be fairly self-explanatory. Anything described as 'physics' should (on the whole) be on topic.

This includes (but not exclusively):

  • experimental physics
  • computational physics
  • environmental physics
  • engineering physics
  • geophysics
  • medical physics
  • biophysics
  • chemical physics
  • astrophysics and cosmology
  • theoretical physics
  • mathematical physics

And doesn't include:

  • programming or computation
  • engineering
  • geology
  • medicine
  • biology
  • chemistry
  • mathematics

There are other semi-physics fields, such as astronomy and quantum computing that may need further discussion.

I see no reason to restrict the scope to a certain 'level' of question - a school level question should be as on topic as a research level question.

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I think that "every day" physics should be explicitly on topic. As you say, it's not the level of the question. It's about the quality of the ask, and whether reasonable research has been done for the OP's level. For example, high school students wouldn't know where to find papers, and may find them inaccessible anyway. As long as they demonstrate some thought about their question and are trying to learn, it should be fine. Olin Lathrop‭ 6 months ago

Astrophysics including astronomy sounds like a good candidate for a separate category? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physics lists different research fields, though I'm not sure if those are automatically good candidates for site categories. Lundin‭ 6 months ago

The status of experimental questions was a matter that came up over and over again on the site SomewhereElse. In particular many, many experimental questions were accused of being not about physics one way or another. The lines between experimental design and various engineering disciplines; experimental technique and a host of practical skills; data analysis and statistics; or simulation for design or analysis and scientific computation are broad and blurry. Don't know how to address it here. dmckee‭ 6 months ago

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