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Mainly Cosmology and Gravitation, some quantum theory

Rare finds in Special and General Relativity | *July 10, 2015 *

Understanding the two theories of relativity is not just a pastime for physicists. There is something existential and comforting about imagining ‘riding on a light wave’ and how the Universe might look to such an observer. The glut of books … Continue reading

Self Learning Books–For Advanced Physics | *June 18, 2015 *

If you are looking to get back into the exciting world of physics (without skipping the math), here is a list of books (that I have personally tried and tested): Amazon.com Widgets Getting your feet wet Road to Reality – … Continue reading

Life outside earth versus INTELLIGENT life outside earth | *June 12, 2015 *

There are TWO SEPARATE questions when it comes to ‘life outside our planet’. Is there LIFE (any LIFE , even single cellular organisms) out there? Is there INTELLIGENT life – closer to that on our own planet? The first question’s … Continue reading

Table of Contents–Meeting 1 | *June 8, 2015 *

Problem Set 1 These are the contents of our first meeting – held on June 9th, 2015 Problem Set 1 Download Zip Recommended Reading List James Nearing – Mathematical Methods for Physics The Road to Reality – Roger Penrose

Running Sum of Randomly Generated Numbers | *June 4, 2015 *

Integers from 1 to N are randomly generated . Each integer has an equal probability of being selected and unlimited repetition is permitted. A running sum is maintained. Given any integer k, such that 1 <= k <= n , … Continue reading

The real task of the mathematical physicist | *May 21, 2015 *

What exactly IS a DIFFERENTIAL EQUATION and how does it arise in the first place? Most physics courses start by taking the equation as a GIVEN – not bothering to explain how it comes about in the first place. And … Continue reading

Visualizing differential equations | *May 9, 2015 *

Whenever I read a physics article, I try to visualize the quantities that the author is talking about. I do this by ASSOCIATING the quantity with some REAL thing. Example – if the article talks about FREQUENCY, I think of … Continue reading

Relativity is more math than physics | *February 8, 2015 *

Relativity applies to all branches of physics. However, it is more of a geometrical framework – on which the laws of physics can be described. Calling relativity physics would be like calling Euclidean Geometry physics. Accelerating frames and Special Relativity … Continue reading