30 September 2015

Hierarchy of topics in physics

It seems to me that the prestige of the various subfields of physics depends on the nature of the objects under study as follows (in descending order):
  1. Bosons
  2. Fermions
  3. Atoms
  4. Everything else
Cold atoms (when they exhibit bosonic behaviour) go in the first category, with photons and the Higgs boson.

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