I thought it was a curious statement at the time. I'm still not sure what to make of it. It was probably made from a "is that a practical venue" perspective.Rusty wrote:Yeah, well there is a lot more than a few. Most of the big name universities have a group doing research in cosmology, relativity, gravitation, etc It's not unusual to see groups like this:gaining_age wrote:I once heard a prof suggest that gravitational theoretical physicists are needed like poets-- not many but you should have a few around for breadth
http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/research/#Ge ... 0Cosmology
http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/en/Sci ... avitation/
These are just two examples off the top of my head. I'm sure that I could find lots more.
It's very active.
Interesting that there are large research groups. There must be grant money to be brought it-- or else it is a prestige issue the universities engage in.
Whatsamatta U. probably doesn't have one and the big universities probably make that a distinction of prestige (nanner nanner).
These statements are independent of whether the field has merit-- it is whether the research brings in prestige or $$ to the university.