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Writing about physics
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One more exam done with, and it only sucked a little bit. Just one more to go (friday) and then I'm done for the year. Huzzah. And I realised on the bus home that when that's done I'm actually half way through my degree. Scary.

I've also been pondering more stuff that I can do over the summer to stop myself from spiralling ito boredom and apathy, and one of the thoughts that I had was "write more LJ", which was immediately followed by the counter-thought "what about?" One thing I pondered was the idea of writing a series of "physics for laymen" type entries. This sounds like it could possibly be fun and interesting to do, but only if anyone would actually be interested in reading them.

So, who here would actually read if I did something like that? Which bits would you would you be more interested in? The esoteric (relativity, quantum mechanics, etc.) or the familiar (classical mechanics, electromagnetism, thermodynamics, etc.)? Would you care about the historical context and the people involved, or just in the science? How much maths should I include? And so on and so forth.

Essentially, I want to tell me whether the idea sucks, whether you'd actually read any of it, and any other thoughts you have.

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Yay, physics.

I like physics when people explain it to me without all of the heavy maths. I almost did physics at Uni until I was properly warned about the maths. I like shiny scientific concepts, but maths and I do not get along. This means I will be very happy with shiny posts about Physics, although it is possible I have heard them before because I have had a lot of Physics types try and demonstrate how cool things are.

Very much what I'd've said, except that for me the maths divides into "stuff I'm happy with already" and "stuff that I couldn't do as a Maths Undergrad, so wouldn't be able to do anyway".

General relativity (as an example) is definitely in the latter category (I had four supervisions in it and after the fourth was happy that I understood the first 1/4 of the course. And that's with a good supervisor).

i'd read them!

especially if they are about particles. i like particles.

I've always been interested in physics, so I'd be happy to read whatever you write. :-)

If by laymen's terms you mean 'at-a-level-for-Red-who-has-a-problem-with-maths' then yay, I'll read. :)

Could you mix in some safecracking stories?

Regrettably, I've yet to develop that talent. Probably due to my never having to work with the US military.

I hear it's all social engineering anyhow.

(And yeah, a bunch of layman physics stuff would be fun.)

I'd be interested in reading it. I want to write more science stuff about my work, but I really have to wait to get some of the more interesting stuff published first.

What sort of stuff are you actually working on anyway?

The main body of my work is optical methods for controlling morphology of silicon meso-structures produced by laser ablation. Essentially I ablate a piece of silicon with a UV laser, tweaking the experimental parameters until I get something potentially useful. I then try and model what happened.

I'm also working on a lot of post-processing of the structures - making them sharper, longer, porous, etc. If that wasn't enough I'm investigating the structures for potential photonic and photovoltaic device usage.

Nifty. The early mention of the word "optical" had me feeing in terror at too many memories of lab classes spent squinting down eyepieces. That doesn't seem terribly likely with UV lasers though :) It all sounds interesting though; if you ever do get around to writing about it, be sure to poke me at it.

Physics would be good. I'd read them.

I'm particularly interested in quantum theory, superstrings and n-dimensionality.

I'd be interested, if it were dumbed down enough for me to understand it.

I didn't do physics or chem at school, and I got bad grades at maths :(

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Would love to read posts about physics. If I had to pick a topic it would be entropy (which I guess really means thermodynamics), cos I've never really understood properly how that works. Electromagnetism would also be quite cool, cos electricity always seems a little bit mysterious to me.

I'm not really that interested in bios of physicists, because that's the kind of stuff I'm likely to have read for myself. But if you want to post such things I'm very happy to read.

Maths cool. I miss having maths in my life, sad though that is. At one point I could solve the Schroedinger equations, which I've way way way forgotten (I can't really even properly remember what the equations describe), but I have enough maths that I can at least read maths even if I can't do it.

I would like to read about the stuff that's useful in real life sometimes - e.g. electricity and how it's used in day to day life, and why some things are dangerous and some things aren't, and how the way things work is influenced by the limitations of the medium (as it were). Some history could come into that - e.g. why do the UK and US have different standards for domestic electricity? etc.

Not bothered about arcane string stuff & that kind of thing.

I can do maths (or at least I have done in the past), but I think on LJ I'd rather the maths was relatively metaphorical (or at least accompanied by metaphors or text summaries), so I can sort of get it intuitively rather than having to do actual working-out thinking-it-through type thoughts.

In general: Sounds like a cool idea :-)

If I haven't responded to this within 2 days, poke me. I have things to say but I am tired (& a little drunk) right now and am not at the PC where I can mark things for later feedback easily.

Took a little while, but I remembered what it was I was going to say :)

I would definitely be interested in reading some physics for laymen stuff - I gave it up very early because of frustration with the teachers who were teaching me mostly.

The thing that I would be particularly interested in, especially with the more esoteric stuff is context on what it's supposed to be for. There's a lot of physics type headlines that I see over Alex's shoulder in New Scientist and I think "why do they particuarly want to do that?". So, yes please and if possible, stuff about (a) what the people involved where hoping the result might help with and (b) for older stuff, what actually did it end up helping with?

I would love reading it too. Anything to make difficult subjects easier to understand...

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