What is Beginners: Definition and 162 Discussions

Beginners is a 2010 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Mike Mills. It tells the story of Oliver, a man reflecting on the life and death of his father, Hal, while trying to forge a new romantic relationship with a woman, Anna, dealing with father issues of her own. The film is based on the coming out of Mills' own father at the age of 75, five years before his death.Beginners premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, where the Los Angeles Times heralded it as a "heady, heartfelt film" with a cast who have "a strong sense of responsibility to their real-world counterparts". Christopher Plummer received numerous accolades for his performance, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

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    B Voltage & Current: Explaining the Basics for Beginners

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  2. Bob Walance

    Insights Quantum Computing for Beginners

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  3. shivajikobardan

    Comp Sci Learning Pseudocode: A Crash Course for Beginners

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  4. Viona

    Best Solid State Physics Book for Beginners

    TL;DR Summary: Gerald Burns's book: Solid State Physics: is it good for begginers or there are best books? Hello, I am looking for the best book to study solid state physics for begginers. Some one recommended Gerald Burns's book: Solid State Physics. So, what is your opinions about this book...
  5. BadgerBadger92

    Other Best trigonometry books for beginners and self study

    I am teaching myself math and wondering if any of you have recommendations on trigonometry books for beginners and self study. Any help is appreciated!
  6. Leo Liu

    Is Mankiw's Principles of Economics a good textbook for beginners?

    I want to teach myself the basics of economics and see that many people recommend this book to absolute beginners. What's your take on it, and is it a book suitable for noobs? If not, what are some decent alternatives of it? Thanks in advance.
  7. The Baron

    Relativity Learning about SR (for beginners)

    What, in your opinion, is the best book about special relativity?(For beginners)
  8. Tone L

    Bare Metal Programming for Beginners

    Hey friends, I have had some time on my hand due to the COVID-19 pandemic and I hope everyone at PF is doing well. Thus, I have been learning some introductory electronics. This may be more of an opioniated question but, I am curious to hear from some ~experts~. From my understanding, bare...
  9. Quark Effect

    B Quantum Computing for Beginners: Understanding Double Hadamard Gates

    Hi guys, I am an absolute beginner in quantum computing. I am really curious about its mechanics but my lack of knowledge in mathematics makes me struggle. I cannot entirely understand why numbers |1> cancel each other out while double Hadamard gates are applied. If the rule is to cancel out the...
  10. anorlunda

    How can I create animated videos with limited artistic skills?

    I would like to produce an animated video to demonstrate some 3D physical motions. I'm a bit intimidated. My artistic skills never got beyond stick men. I have zero experience with video, or animation. I'm worried about the learning curve. My specific ambition is to depict an array of...
  11. Frigus

    B Calculus for Beginners: Basics & Examples

    My question is as it is as you have read in the heading and please tell me in taking mind that I am not a calculus master but just a beginner.
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    What are best civil engineering books for beginners?

    Hi What are best civil engineering books for beginners. I want them to be easy to understand for an Egyptian I mean easy language and good content Thanks
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    B How to teach beginners in quantum theory the POVM concept

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  14. Wrichik Basu

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  15. K

    What are some good coding languages for beginners?

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  16. Mlesnita Daniel

    B What do I need to become an Astrophysicist?

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  17. hmwoodring

    Foundations Seeking 'Higher Math for Beginners' pdf

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    Intro Physics Why are the Feynman lectures not good for beginners?

    Is it because it is more rigorous than books like Halliday and Resnick? Or maybe you need to digest those books as a prerequisite for the feynman lectures? Or maybe people don't believe a regular person could digest the feynman lectures as a introductory level physics book? If someone is a...
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    Computational Fortran books/resources for beginners

    I have a background of undergraduate physics but I consider myself to be quite weak in programming. I'm aware of the usefulness of computational software/programming software in the sciences, particularly physics. I'd like to ask for recommendations on how to start learning fortran assuming I...
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    I Explaining the Hierarchy problem for beginners

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hierarchy_problem I understand that hierarchy problem is the large discrepancy between aspects of the weak force and gravity. But why? Why is the explanation, that gravity is simply a much weaker force not acceptable? Is it possible that gravity is just an...
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    What are the best beginner physics books for self-study?

    Hi I'm planning to return university, to study astrophysics/physics at university level. I'm taking up A levels exams in physics, maths, chemistry as a private student. I wanted to start everything from the scratch.. can someone please suggest me some basic books for these subjects?? I have...
  22. hockeysam

    Studying Getting Started with Astrophysics: An Exploration for Beginners

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  23. Sam I Am

    Solid State Beginners' Solid State & Electronics Textbooks

    I have found a couple other threads like this but I am looking for something at a very beginning level. I joined an experimental condensed matter group for the summer at the school where I will be matriculating as a first-year graduate student in the fall. They study various...
  24. m4r35n357

    Simple relativity texts for beginners

    I would say that passage is essential reading for anyone contemplating GR for the first time, I had no idea it was publicly available (to some extent). IMO it is rivaled only by Galileo's Ship (for Galilean/Newtonian relativity) in terms of readability and prose. I would like to see both...
  25. Pula

    Batteries for Beginners: Sizing and Charging for a 1600W Load

    Hi, I have just got into the battery industry and i would like to understand a few things especially when it comes to sizing a battery. For example: if i have a load of 1600W and the system voltage is -48V DC (for a telecom application). The main supply is AC which is converted into DC through...
  26. Gursimranjeet

    Instrumentation Course: PLC Programming for Beginners

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  27. kariandozzy

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  28. kariandozzy

    New Need Beginner Physics/Astrophysics Resources

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    Other A Physics Book for a beginner?

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  31. AgentSmith

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    Functional Analysis book for beginners

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    Good chemistry books for beginners

    Hi what would be some good books for helping to understand chemistry for beginners? I'm not sure what kind of level of understanding this forum is aimed at or if it is (or can be) made to accommodate people who have very limited understanding of science. Unfortunately I didn't take science...
  34. R

    MHB Set Theory for Beginners: How is A' ⊆ A and its Complement a Subset of A?

    Could someone please explain how the image of a set A' ⊆ A is the set: f(A') = {b | b = f(a) for some a ∈ A'}. And how can the complement of A be a subset of A? Forgive my ignorance here, I'm a beginning student of set theory.
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    Good introduction to quantum Mechanics for beginners

    So I'm pretty new to the subject of quantum mechanics and was wondering if you folks know of any books or sites that give an introduction to Quantum mechanics. I should emphasis that I'm looking for rather basic explanations as my knowledge of the subject matter is minimal to nothing. Thanks...
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    The beginning for time for beginners

    Hi, Basically I would like to learn about the beginning of time and I am wondering what literature I should read surrounding this. **For the record; I have a Master's degree from a top university in Astrophysics** Thanks in advance!
  37. AdrianHudson

    Finding Topology Books for Beginners

    Hello :) I am looking for some books for an intro to topology and what other books I need to supplement my readings not quite sure the prereqs for topology but I am willing to learn the stuff needed thank you! P.S Physical textbooks are what I am looking for but if that's not available then...
  38. I

    Best college level text book for beginners of QM

    I have read a lot of stuff on Quantum Mechanics and there seem to be a lot of outlandish theories on the web mixing QM with every religion in a search for god as the great observer. I would really love to get my hands on a good college level textbook that explains the more supported theories...
  39. K

    Calculus for beginners - Book, Website to learn

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  40. T

    Beginners books for a curious kid

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  41. A

    Fourier transform for beginners?

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    Photons, speed and energy - Beginners concept question

    Hi all - thank you for this forum - it's proving very helpful: Am I correct in thinking that if we measure a period of time that light travels, that in the case of red vs blue light: 1) Both will travel at the same speed in a vacuum? 2) More blue photons will arrive than red (given...
  43. C

    A good beginners Physics book?

    Hi, I want to begin studying physics at university this summer, and I'd like to know. What is a good Physics basics books that will give me a good intuition and solid understanding of subjects such as gravitation, electricity, magnetism etc.? It's been a while since i studied physics in high...
  44. A

    What is the correct expression for \vec{OP}?

    I missed 2 weeks of class where we were introduced to vectors and now I have to learn it by myself from the book. I'm stuck on this problem that's part of the assigned homework. If anyone could help me that would be great thanks. I'm sorry if it's a stupid mistake :/ Homework Statement In...
  45. B

    Tutorials for Visual Basic Beginners

    Hi Folks, I have Google'd the above topic but I haven't found anything satisfactory. I am an engineer and I want to learn Visual basic programming (no programming experience) to enhance my excel usability. Can you advise any good online sources that is geared towards science engineering...
  46. M

    Solving Conveyor Belt Stress for Beginners: A Step-by-Step Guide

    Homework Statement I am pretty confused with how to go about answering this question: Calculate the maximum lenth of conveyor which can be used to avoid the belt failing from stress, for an installation carrying 140 t/h up a gradient of 10 degrees, if the belt width is 1.1m, the speed is 1.7...
  47. M

    Good books in topology for beginners ?

    which books do you think are good to beginners in topology ? for someone don't know any thing in topology and little set theory ?
  48. V

    Understanding the Infinity Sign: A Guide for Beginners

    Homework Statement Question is in attachment Can someone explain to me what the infinity sign is I'm new to this topic. All I know is that as a satellite goes to a higher orbit that the velocity decreases.
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    Stargazing 60-80 mm refracting telescope for beginners

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