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field theory

noun, Physics.
a detailed mathematical description of the distribution and movement of matter under the influence of one or more fields.
Origin of field theory
1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for field theory
  • Those people aren't going to figure out a unified field theory.
  • In quantum field theory, gravitons can be mathematically proven to obey the equivalence principle.
  • Unfortunately, the electroweak model suffered from the same problems in prediction as the quantum field theory.
  • Your first comment seems to be a vision of some type of quantum field theory.
  • There is now work predicting fusion from quantum field theory, applied to physical configurations that weren't anticipated.
  • Now the next thing he did which was he was one of the coinventors of quantum field theory.
  • The pair, it turned out, amounted to nothing less than a unified field theory of presidential conspiracy.
  • His specialties include quantum field theory and mathematical physics.
  • His research interests include theoretical aspects of cosmology, field theory, and gravitation.
  • We have what is, for many purposes, a perfectly good effective field theory description of quantum gravity.
field theory in Science
field theory  
  1. An explicit mathematical description of physical phenomena that models physical forces using fields.

  2. The study of fields and field extensions in algebra.

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