The Term is "Layman Theoretical Physicist" not "Kook"
April 8, 2014 9:36 PM Subscribe
Where do you go to learn about theoretical physics, other than a university?
posted by Deodand to Science & Nature (22 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
My husband likes to think about theoretical physics as a hobby. He has developed theories about time travel, black holes, Unified Field Theory, String Theory and more. He is not crazy; he just has a layman's interest in the subject. He's done a lot more reading since high school, including peer-reviewed journals.
He would like to discuss his ideas with people working in the profession, or with other enthusiasts, but he doesn't want to come across as a nutbar. He is working full-time and taking a different subject in school, so regular university-level physics courses are out of reach at the moment.
Who would entertain his theories and questions? Who would give him an honest hearing, and tell him if his theories are on the right track, or recommend avenues of study? Are there others out there like him?