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Professor Werner Stanzl
Yale University
Overall A-
1 ratings,  [AVG: 0 min, 2 sec]
Workload: Responsible Grading: -

Enjoys Teaching B Arrogance: None
Speaks & Writes Clearly D Respect for Students: High
Sensible Lectures B Appreciates Creativity: Yes
Organized course B- Student Feedback is: Ignored
Instructor Effort D
Entirely Useless
Grading System:
Well Defined in advance
Course Requirements:
Well Defined
Assignment Instructions
Very Well Described
Exam Design:
Well Written
Exam Coverage:
Informed beforehand
Grades Reflect:
Understanding and Mastery
Final Grade Verification:
Insures grades match student mastery
Gets class involved D
Competent with material A-
Friendly/Sociable B-
Adds to content A
This instructor is:



Overall: A-
The AP subjects don’t hladne things such as Lagrangian or Hamiltonian mechanics, much less classical field theory!  Consider discussing symmetries of a classical system using diffeomorphisms much less!  So why would you skip this to go to string theory?  I think the purpose of teaching something like this is not to leave the students powerful enough to start computing, say, scattering amplitudes.  It is merely to let them know that physics is not a finished business.  You don't have to be able to talk string theory, in order to talk *about* string theory.  The value is more inspirational, in order to emphasize that there are plenty of questions (that are not merely details), which we still don't understand.  As a kid, I distinctly remember being fascinated by the idea that general relativity was not consistent with quantum mechanics and that resolving this puzzle might be at the heart of resolving the puzzles behind big bang and black holes.  I think this is the kind of context where one could drop a line about string theory in a high-school curriculum.Back to Peter and the blind-leading-the-blind debate:THE overwhelmingly major candidate for the cutting edge of fundamental theory is string theory, despite repeated claims by Peter otherwise.  You cannot simultaenously make the claim that departements all over are being hijacked by string theory, while at the same time claim that string theory is not popular.  It is simply ridiculous, no matter how many of your devoted followers here agree with you.  Facts are simply not decided on the basis of democracy.  About whose consensus is relevant: I am old-fashioned with these things and have to stick with my claim that high energy physicists are better qualified to judge high energy physics, than people who have learnt about it from popular books and expositions.  Shrug! 
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