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Old 12-27-05, 10:13 AM   #1
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what's your interest? for me, i love cosmology. but i also really like reading about the social aspect of science itself, and how different cultures view it and use it. right now i'm reading 'math elsewhere' about the history of fundemental mathematics, such as time keeping, map making, navigation, tracking agricultural cycles, etc. so, what makes you curious?
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Old 12-27-05, 12:07 PM   #2
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Have you read the book, "The Island of Lost Maps?" It's not about the science of map-making, but about theft in the world of very old maps. Pretty interesting stuff.
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I like looking at stars and comets a ton. Also watching lightning and bad weather is interesting lol.
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I'm a non-trad undergrad student, in college full time, persuing my love of rocks and majoring in geology.

mmmmmmm......rocks......
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I perfer dynamics, you know crashes and stuff...!
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and of airplane dynamics
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Old 12-27-05, 01:26 PM   #7
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Lasers and Holography.
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Old 12-27-05, 01:44 PM   #8
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Old 12-27-05, 02:24 PM   #9
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Mechanical Engineering: Stress analysis and machine design.

That's what my boss thinks I'm doing right now
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For years and years starting about 4rth or 5th grade I was absolutely fascinated with all aspects of archeology. I remember even getting a book on hieroglyphs in 5th grade and trying to learn how to read them.

I was nuts about all aspects, study of the different time periods and the animals that lived in each. The evolution of the animals over the millenia. As I got older I got more interested in cultures and the change of cultures over time. Even now, I think cultures is one of my biggest fascinations....I love to learn about different cultures, go to fairs that represent different cultures, try their foods, etc.... I think my dream would be to travel all over the world through my life time.
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Old 12-27-05, 04:04 PM   #11
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I forgot to mention....now I'm also very interested (especially as I decided to make it my career) computer science. There are so many different sub-areas that I've got into and love.

Digital Design - design to make any computational device out of simple gates (AND, OR and NOT)...or even further down, designing from transistors themselves.

Algorithms - how to solve problems.....classifying problems and learning that many problems carry over to common algorithms. Some problems, if you can classify them as certain types of problems then you KNOW they can not be solved in polynomial time, etc...

Neural Networks - Very cool subject. You can theoretically solve any problem with a neural network. It may only be an approximation, but it can be close enough to be daaaaaaamn close.
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"gaaaaaaaa!" he exclaimed, holding a silver cross at full arms' length to ward off the unspeakable evil.

Sorry, but when a theory resorts to terminology like flavors of quarks, I can't shake the impression that I'm in the midst of a game of Calvinball.

I enjoy botany.
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Just about everything makes me curious.

I'm a mechanical test engineer, so I break stuff and then figure out why it broke. Astronomy, physics, and rocketry all completely fascinate me, and I've got a lesser interest in chemistry and biology. Right now I'm reading The Elegant Universe which is mind-boggling. I also dabble in programming, but not to the level that I could call it science.
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Old 12-28-05, 07:49 AM   #15
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I like physics.
I like electronics too but I'm too dumb to go very far in that field.
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Old 12-28-05, 08:01 AM   #16
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Pick up applied cryptography if you like math, by bruce schneider. I read it back in high school and thought it was a pretty interesting intro.
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Pick up applied cryptography if you like math, by bruce schneider. I read it back in high school and thought it was a pretty interesting intro.
Oh god. I hate cryptography. Having created encryption routines and reverse engineered encryption routes I can personally say I HAAAAAAAATE CRYPTOGrAHY
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Old 12-28-05, 10:22 AM   #18
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Just about everything makes me curious.

I'm a mechanical test engineer, so I break stuff and then figure out why it broke. Astronomy, physics, and rocketry all completely fascinate me, and I've got a lesser interest in chemistry and biology. Right now I'm reading The Elegant Universe which is mind-boggling. I also dabble in programming, but not to the level that I could call it science.
The Elegant Universe is good. String theory is hard to get your head around though. I'm still trying to get a little concrete understanding of it myself.
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The Elegant Universe is good. String theory is hard to get your head around though. I'm still trying to get a little concrete understanding of it myself.
No kidding. I stopped trying to visualize 11 dimensions by about the 3rd chapter. I had trouble in vector calculus finding a parametric equation for a torrus, I don't even want to think about performing math in a Calabi-Yau space. Ultimately, it's rather frustrating because we are so far from being able to directly verify the theory experimentally.
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Oooo that's a really cool topic also! With the string theory too.
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Cosmology, biology, geology, geomorphology, and quantum mechanics (up to the point where my brain ruptures)
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political science... thats what i got my degree in anyway, now im going back to school for Air Traffic Control
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political science... thats what i got my degree in anyway, now im going back to school for Air Traffic Control
traffic control, eh? sweet. talk about being mentally alert all day though. i tend to like my 1 1/2 hour lunch and breaks every 45 mintues

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geomorphology

Now there is a word I never expected to see on BF.

I just finished a college class on this subject.
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No kidding. I stopped trying to visualize 11 dimensions by about the 3rd chapter. I had trouble in vector calculus finding a parametric equation for a torrus, I don't even want to think about performing math in a Calabi-Yau space. Ultimately, it's rather frustrating because we are so far from being able to directly verify the theory experimentally.
One parameterization for the torus is f(s,t)=([R+r*cos(s)*cos(t)],[R+r*cos(s)*sin(t)],r*sin(s)), for others who are interested. Clearly, because of the trigonometric functions, f is not an injective map.

I consider mathematics more of an art than a science but none the less am interested in set theory, Lie groups, and infinite dimensional vector spaces.

One fascinating fact is that the system {e^inx: n an integer** or likewise {cos(nx),sin(nx): n a natural number** are complete
in the space L^2(T). This is to say that one can approximate arbitrarily well any square integrable (in the sense of Lebesgue) function with the exponential function or sines and cosines! This really is the crown of classical Fourier analysis.
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