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Coolest Greek Letter?

  1. Sep 25, 2014 #1
    What's your favorite greek letter? Writing [itex] \xi [/itex] has always been fun for me.
     
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  3. Sep 25, 2014 #2

    davenn

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    haha would help if I knew how to create the symbol ;)

    Lambda is my fav
     
  4. Sep 25, 2014 #3
    [tex]\theta[/tex]
    This seems to be the easiest one I can memorize. My work never requires Greek characters, that counts.
     
  5. Sep 26, 2014 #4
    [itex] \xi [/itex] is beautiful. Also always liked [itex] \zeta, \sigma [/itex] and [itex] \eta [/itex]
     
  6. Sep 26, 2014 #5

    Simon Bridge

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    those are all flashy show-off characters ... which is the opposite of "cool". Practically squares.

    omicron: ...it is the same shape in both upper and lower case, and the same shape and pronounciation in a wide variety of languages.
    It's relaxed, unflappable, just hangs out there, never goes out of style and nobody laughs at it or goes "wha-at?!" Not emotionally demonstrative, the omicron is relaxed enough to be a hug. A group of them together on a row is the sound of awe itself.

    iota is a close second - it's the smallest character, ticks many of the same boxes as omicron ... but it's a tad self-obsessed (and gets mentioned by lots of famous people) to quite make it as "cool".

    @davenn: in LaTeX, the greek characters not already in the latin charset are typeset by writing their name with a backslash in front.
    So: Lambda is \Lambda or \lambda, which gets you ##\Lambda## or ##\lambda##.
     
  7. Sep 26, 2014 #6

    davenn

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    LOL don't know how to use the LaTeX mode
     
  8. Sep 26, 2014 #7
    Wrap them in '# #' tags (minus the space).
    Like: '# # \LaTeX # #' = ##\LaTeX##
     
  9. Sep 26, 2014 #8

    davenn

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    tried a bunch of variations nothing worked
     
  10. Sep 26, 2014 #9

    davenn

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    ##\LaTeX##

    goes and stands in the dunce's corner :(
     
  11. Sep 26, 2014 #10
    ##\varphi##
     
  12. Sep 26, 2014 #11
    Capital Gamma: [itex]\Gamma[/itex]

    Looks Gangsta.
     
  13. Sep 26, 2014 #12

    Simon Bridge

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    It's double-hash for "inline" mode and double-dollar for "display" mode.
    So inline: ##\frac{\alpha}{\omega}##; and display: $$\frac{\alpha}{\omega}$$...

    gamma looks like a bus shelter
    var-phi looks like a curly way to pee
    ... but in a while we'll have every Greek character in this thread: we all know that right?

    Are we picking favorites or coolness?
    It is possible for something to be cool but also unpopular - so it's important.

    Usually these threads are most fun for the reasoning:

    So far we have Xi because it's fun and for beauty.

    lambda - no reason
    (consider - ##\Lambda## is part of the chevron-earth symbol in SG-1: ##\overset{\circ}\Lambda##)

    var-phi - also no reason

    theta - because it is easy to memorize

    omicron for coolness with a list of reasons spanning a paragraph

    gamma for looking gangsta (= coolness + badness?)
     
  14. Sep 27, 2014 #13

    Astronuc

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    I'm partial to [itex] \Xi [/itex]
     
  15. Sep 27, 2014 #14
    ##Δ## is what matters to me.
     
  16. Sep 27, 2014 #15

    mfb

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    Even ##\delta## can make a difference.
     
  17. Sep 27, 2014 #16
    Infinitesimal difference :DD.
     
  18. Sep 27, 2014 #17

    ZetaOfThree

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    ##\zeta## for sure.
     
  19. Sep 28, 2014 #18
    ##\psi## for sure.
     
  20. Sep 28, 2014 #19
    ##\rho##

    is my favorite.
     
  21. Sep 28, 2014 #20
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    The symbol for MHO (conductance, old style)
     
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