What is Self learning: Definition and 34 Discussions

Self-organization, also called (in the social sciences) spontaneous order, is a process where some form of overall order arises from local interactions between parts of an initially disordered system. The process can be spontaneous when sufficient energy is available, not needing control by any external agent. It is often triggered by seemingly random fluctuations, amplified by positive feedback. The resulting organization is wholly decentralized, distributed over all the components of the system. As such, the organization is typically robust and able to survive or self-repair substantial perturbation. Chaos theory discusses self-organization in terms of islands of predictability in a sea of chaotic unpredictability.
Self-organization occurs in many physical, chemical, biological, robotic, and cognitive systems. Examples of self-organization include crystallization, thermal convection of fluids, chemical oscillation, animal swarming, neural circuits, and black markets.

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    Studying Advice on self studying material

    Hi. Looking for general advice on self studying math, physics, programming etc. What happens often with me is either I go too fast and encounter for which my basics aren't clear enough and going back and forth between chapters/modules boggs me down. So, I erase my overall progress and just...
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    Admissions Independent Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Math exams

    My daughter (14 years old) is considering to be an independent learner for her high school so that she can pursue her other (serious) interest in sports. Whereas she is focused on her sport, she also wants to study in a flexible environment, the basic sciences and math in both of which she is...
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    Studying Critique My Self-Study Schedule (Signal Processing & RF Electronics)

    Hello everybody. I have already graduated I am currently in training at work which I am required to finish intensive courses. So I will start when it's completed. My interests are in Signal Processing & RF Electronics which you could tell by the study plan I created. I will be taking a slow...
  4. TGV320

    Calculus Textbooks for calculus learning

    Hi, I am going to be a 1st year college student in China this fall. I have a lot of interest for calculus and math in general, and I am wondering if the books I have in hand are good for self study. High school math here stopped the at the derivatives, didn't went further. The two books I...
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    Studying When to check the solutions during self-study?

    Hi all! As I've mentioned in a previous post a while ago, I've started studying Calculus from "Calculus, a complete course" by R.A. Adams & C. Essex. I've managed to get through a good part of it already, and I plan to continue to more physics related textbooks afterwards. The end-goal I have...
  6. gutelily

    Studying Struggling to teach myself math and physics

    Hey! I want to study physics and math, and eventually, I would like to get a Bachelor in Physics. I quit university about 5 -ish years ago, an Engineering major...I wasn't a good student and don't really remember anything. A couple of years ago I discovered a big interest in Physics and...
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    How to Use AOPS Books for Self-Learning: Tips and Recommendations

    Hi, I just acquired the art of problem solving prealgebra book. So I would like to ask, how does one use the AOPS books, are they meant to be supplementary to a full textbook? Or are they used for introducing new concepts that you would have leant in a textbook etc. I am hoping to use the AOPS...
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    Being an autodidact mathematician?

    Would you guys say it could be done, to become an autodidact mathematician with the knowledge of a mathematical degree or higher? Obviously, it's not impossible, and it's not as easy as taking a degree in a university. But is it in the realms of a very motivated, 16 year-old. I have got no...
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    Best Algebra TextBook For Self Learner?

    Hi there, I have been searching multiple websites and forums but have not found a cohesive answer to my queries. I am currently going through this textbook to learn pre-algebra: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0618250034/?tag=pfamazon01-20 Also, is this a good book to be studying as an autodidact...
  10. LLT71

    Medical Self learning about cancer

    I come from totally engineering background but I'm passionate learner in my free time! I would like to start learning from the fundamentals about cancer and see if I can get some insights using my (engineering) background, as I'm progressing more and more in my learning career. Just give me your...
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    Programs Tips and Advice for Self-Learning IT, Engineering, and Science

    As the title says I want any tips or advice on self learning Basically IT ,ENGINEERING and science
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    Studying Learn Physics: Self-Paced Summer Course for 16yo High School Student

    Hello, everyone, I am a 16-year-old high school student studying AP physics, that will be a senior this coming year, I have a very keen interest in physics and would like to pursue a career as a particle physicist. I finish school in 2 weeks (finals) and I want to study physics over the summer...
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    Schools Interested in learning physics after graduating college

    Hi, Early in my college career I switched around majors pretty often, and it eventually came down to Computer Science and Physics. The first year of each major aligned very well with each other so much so that I was able to knock out the first year of each major in the same year. That summer I...
  14. patric44

    Calculus Is Calculus (6th edition) by Swokowaki a good book?

    hi guys i want a good book for self learning calculus and i found caculus by Swokowaki and olnick 6ed i bought it actualy for 1.5$ (used version) so i want to know is it a good book for self learning or there's better one? i actualy took couple courses in calculus ,algebra, geometry in collage...
  15. jamalkoiyess

    Admissions Can I get into a graduate physics program without a Bsc degr

    I am a physics sophomore. I have been told by some of the graduates that most of the courses can be self-studied through the books that are demanded. I want to know if a masters or Ph.D. program would accept me if I self-studied everything. It's going to save me a lot of money.
  16. HajarB

    Algebra A Course in Algebra Book Study Group | Self-Learning Support

    Hey everyone, I'm currently studying A Course in Algebra by E.B. Vinberg, and I was wondering if anyone is studying the same book. I think it will be a less lonely journey for all of us self learners if we can form a book study group to discuss ideas and exercises.
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    Algebra Supplementary Problems for Zariski/Samuel's Commutative Alg.

    Dear teachers, I am curious if you know some good books that have problems well supplemented to "Commutative Algebra I-II" by Zariski/Samuel. I am really enjoying it, but it does not have any exercise, leaving me to try coming up with my own problems (it is fun to do, but I would like to solve...
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    Algebra Tips for reading Grothendieck's EGA/SGA/FGA trilogy

    Dear Physics Forum advisers, I am very interested in studying the art of algebraic geometry, motivated by its applications in the machine learning and data analytics. I recently came across Grothendieck's EGA/SGA/FGA saga, and I am really interested in reading it as I like how it presents the...
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    Studying Helpful books to learn physics?

    Hello, I am currently a freshman majoring in physics. I am having trouble trying to understand the concepts of the chapters. I understand the basics, but I just need that extra push to do harder problems. I am currently learning classical mechanics next quarter I will be learning...
  20. gerardofingurbe

    Studying Self learning environmental physics

    I am really into climate change , and the physical models they use to relate it to other factors such as diseases , however i don't know where to learn about it , i am currently enrolled on the 8th trimester of electronics engineering (out of 12) and in the 4th semester of physics(in a different...
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    Self-Learn Calculus: Tips & Resources for Chemistry Students

    Hi guys, I had taken Calc 1, Calc 2, Calc 3, ODE and Linear Algebra in university, in the range of 5 to 7 years ago. I am about to go back to school, how should I re-teach myself calculus? Back then I used Stewart (Calc 1/2), Adams (Calc 3), and DiPrima/Boyce (ODE) for Calculus and ODEs. In...
  22. MidgetDwarf

    Applied Finite Math worth self learning or will I see the topics in future math courses?

    I google searched finite math after reading the course description in my community college course catalog. I am a math major and is fine math work learning or should I use my time wisely and learn other branches of math. Ie ode, pde, proof writing etc. Will my future classes cover some of the...
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    Best books for self learning physics?

    Hello! so I'm extremely interested in learning more about physics (outside of physics for engineers since they focus mostly on forces and electromagnetic) What are some good books that you would recommend for me to learn from ? I'm currently a 2nd year Aerospace Engineering student.(about to...
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    Looking for a physics book for self learning

    Hi, I'm a 19 year old boy who's never been in a maths or physics high school class for a number of reasons. I learned to swim by myself when I was 7, after failing to attend courses because I would panic every time. So I saw no reason I could not learn my country's high school math, then...
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    Self Learning Calculus From the Beginning

    Math Topics to Self Study Any recommendations for a 9th grader? I have taken algebra 1 and 2 and am currently taking geometry. I find that math class is sometimes very slow. I understand that some students need extra help, but for me it's a bit slow. So to take initiative, I want to learn...
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    School education vs online self learning

    With the internet as large and powerful as ever, YouTube videos with lectures and tutorials, what kind of fool would pay thousands of dollars to go to school and get a piece of paper that says their qualified when they can do it all in their own time for free? Goodbye tradition...
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    Self Learning / Reference texts

    Hi there, I found this site while looking for the "best" textbooks in various disciplines. I am majoring in biochemistry, but I rarely buy textbooks. I usually download (torrent) them because I am unsure of their quality and reputation, and I am also usually quite broke. However, I do want...
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    Self learning for physics and math

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    Want to Design and Build Your Own Circuits? Any Book Suggestions?

    I'm an M.E. and I want to learn about electronics to the point where I can design and build circuits that do what I want. Right now I have only a very basic background from undergrad EE courses, I know a bit about opamps and transistors and diodes and transformers and the E&M physics theory and...
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    Where do I start with self learning linear algebra

    Hi. I am a physics major and Id probably go with mathematical/theoretical physics path. Where do I start with self learning linear algebra? I'm good with proofs but I'm not comfortable with learning math without intuition or motivation behind the axioms. Still, I hate math without rigor...
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    Can you point me in the right direction for self learning?

    Hi there everyone. I am a programmer not long out of University and i have a really keen interest in a particular physics engine. Physics is far beyond my current range of ability and so is a lot of maths :( but i have spent a long time trying to get some kind of an entry point. Firsty right...
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    Self learning more efficient than attending lectures?

    I've noticed that I learn at an exponentially greater rate my own way than I do by attending lectures in university is this the same for everyone? I'm in a first year course and besides the labs which are compulsory my subjects are biology, chemistry, physics and maths and I have a big book for...
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    Learn Cosmology: Books for Self-Learning Up to Grad Level

    I have long been interested in cosmology, and I took a course with the same title in undergrad. We used Liddle's book An Introduction to Modern Cosmology which I thought was pretty good, but it was relatively short. I have knowledge of mathematics and physics up to early graduate level (got my...
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    Studying Books for self learning physics?

    I have a job as a salesman in a store that gets maybe 5 customers a day if I'm lucky. No excessive chores (vacuum, clean bathrooms, takes maybe an hour all together), so I'm left with hours of time of not doing anything. So I figure (especially over the summer) that I might as well learn a...