Was man dazu alles braucht - an Wissen - hat der Nobelpreisträger Gerard't Hooft zusammengestellt. Auf seiner Seite "How to become a good theoretical physicist" listet er alle Themen auf, mit denen man vertraut sein sollte. So dass es auch auf eigene Faust möglich sein kann, sich das nötige Wissen anzueignen.
It so often happens that I receive mail - well-intended but totally useless - by amateur physicists who believe to have solved the world. They believe this, only because they understand totally nothing about the real way problems are solved in Modern Physics. If you really want to contribute to our theoretical understanding of physical laws - and it is an exciting experience if you succeed! - there are many things you need to know.
It should be possible, these days, to collect all knowledge you need from the internet. Problem then is, there is so much junk on the internet. Is it possible to weed out those very rare pages that may really be of use? I know exactly what should be taught to the beginning student. The names and topics of the absolutely necessary lecture courses are easy to list, and this is what I have done below. It is my intention to search on the web where the really useful papers and books are, preferably downloadable as well. This way, the costs of becoming a theoretical physicist should not exceed much the price of a computer with internet connection, a printer, and lots of paper and pens.
Sehr interessant, diese Auflistung, nicht nur für den theoretisch interessierten Physiker ;).