A Short Internet Poll

I realize that this is a physics blog, so we have a very skewed audience here, but I’m curious: How many of you have ever heard of Noether’s Theorem or Emmy Noether? No cheating and looking it up. This is for science!

-Dave

p.s. Thursday or Friday I’ll be doing an Ask a Physicist column on “What happened before the big bang?” It’ll be heavily excerpted from the User’s Guide, and even more heavily speculative.

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7 Responses to A Short Internet Poll

  1. Sean Lynch says:

    I have. In fact I’m pretty sure you taught it to me.

  2. Brian says:

    Emmy Noether is a famous female mathematician from the 19th century. I forgot what Noether’s theorem is about, but I guess topology.
    I checked back with the Wikipedia article I have happened on by chance a few times (or I wouldn’t know who she is). I was half-right about the 19th century and wrong about topology – ah well.

  3. Gnomic says:

    Rings a vague distant bell. Mentioned in a sci am article? No idea what it’s about

  4. Gnomic says:

    Looked it up. I think it was mentioned in a Stephen Baxter novel

  5. Anish Tondwalkar says:

    Noether’s theorem is a statement about conserved currents and how they relate to symmetries. A super-duper trivial application of her theorem gives us Hamilton’s Equations.
    Noether was a mathematician contemporary with Hilbert.
    I remember looking her up at some point and being disappointed with the lack of notable quotations.

  6. Andi Chapple says:

    I’m afraid I had heard of neither. cheers, Andi

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