Definition of physical sciences in English:

physical sciences

plural noun

  • The sciences concerned with the study of inanimate natural objects, including physics, chemistry, astronomy, and related subjects.

    Often contrasted with life sciences
    • ‘Fernow's claim to have coined the term ‘timber physics’ obscured forestry's deeper roots in natural and physical sciences.’
    • ‘The most technically advanced of the physical sciences - astronomy - deepened our understanding of the movements of the heavenly bodies but hardly put us in a position to do much about them.’
    • ‘For this study, Eccles and Vida compared young women and men who went into the social and biological sciences versus the physical sciences.’
    • ‘Hence, physical sciences gravitate towards prescriptive laws, whilst life sciences use descriptive laws.’
    • ‘Yet the percentage of women in computing, the physical sciences, and engineering remains lower than in other science-related disciplines.’
    • ‘The theory and observation of the cosmic microwave background have changed the status of cosmology within the physical sciences.’
    • ‘Kenya has few facilities for the study of physical sciences.’
    • ‘It is an extension of the evolution of the scientific method in the physical sciences into social science.’
    • ‘In the education of Smith engineers, the study of the humanities and social sciences is just as important as the study of the physical sciences and mathematics.’
    • ‘In all, thirteen experiments will be conducted in the areas of physical sciences and life sciences, there is also one student experiment flying during this campaign.’
    • ‘Now, in the physical sciences, maths, chemistry, and so forth, this is generally the case.’
    • ‘His aim was to study philosophy but first he would have to study physical sciences.’
    • ‘That education must include the most basic ingredients of the physical sciences and arithmetic and their relevance to society's functioning and survival.’
    • ‘An important feature of modeling is that it has brought the rigor and analysis of mathematics to the doorstep of our fellow scientists in the natural and physical sciences.’
    • ‘In the pages of Physics Today, women in the physical sciences are only occasionally visible.’
    • ‘There are of course some obvious differences, if we use ‘science’ to denote physics, chemistry, and other physical sciences.’
    • ‘Their absence is particularly striking in the physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering.’
    • ‘Emulation of the natural and physical sciences became a mantra.’
    • ‘The special flavour of postwar strategic studies came from those who had been working in the physical sciences and engineering rather than the social sciences and humanities.’
    • ‘It should scarcely come as a surprise then that so few college graduates pursue doctoral degrees in either the biological or physical sciences or computer science.’