Landau's theoretical minimum

24 June 2021

Landau's theoretical minimum

Vladimir Lapushkin, a 10th-grade Letovo student, passed Landau's theoretical minimum in quantum electrodynamics. What is this and why is it important? The theoretical minimum is 11 exams in basic sections of mathematics and theoretical physics. The theory minimum was invented and developed by the outstanding physicist Lev Davidovich Landau. The first exams were taken by Landau himself, then by his students, who later became famous scientists. Anyone can take the exams in any order. Some exams of the theoretical minimum are part of the obligatory curriculum for students of the Department of Theoretical Physics Problems at MIPT. Our tenth-grader Vladimir Lapushkin passed the exam in quantum electrodynamics. His physics teacher, Kirill Vladislavovich Barskov, tells more about it: - Vladimir has been interested in quantum field theory for several years, so he turned to the Department of Theoretical Physics at MIPT and told about his hobby and some considerations. The staff of the department, seeing a schoolboy in front of them, did not agree to discuss Vladimir's questions until he passed the theoretical minimum. This could have been interpreted as "when you grow up, study at the institute, pass the theoretical minimum, then we'll talk", - because the exam is a serious test for senior students involved in theoretical physics, let alone a schoolboy. But Vova prepared, and passed. And it is very good! The photo shows Vladimir Lapushkin and Evgeny Sinitsyn, a teacher at the Department of Natural Sciences and a teacher of physics at Letovo, whose scientific work and Ph.D. thesis are connected with a related field.
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