By Angela Wilkins, Executive Director, Ken Kennedy Institute
Physics is the study of the universe. This can encompass the movement of the galaxies to the “how” of the smallest particles. No matter the shape and size of the problem, data has always been a constant.
In the early days of physics, mathematical models were painstakingly written out and often solved by hand. I think of Galileo recognizing that the earth revolves around the sun. I think of Einstein making the jump to general relativity. There was data but it was sparse. Even so, they found the theory (or model) that worked and could explain the data.