# Coolest Greek Letter?

1. Sep 25, 2014

### metapuff

What's your favorite greek letter? Writing $\xi$ has always been fun for me.

2. Sep 25, 2014

### davenn

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

Lambda is my fav

3. Sep 25, 2014

### Medicol

$$\theta$$
This seems to be the easiest one I can memorize. My work never requires Greek characters, that counts.

4. Sep 26, 2014

### dipole

$\xi$ is beautiful. Also always liked $\zeta, \sigma$ and $\eta$

5. Sep 26, 2014

### Simon Bridge

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 $\lambda$.

6. Sep 26, 2014

### davenn

LOL don't know how to use the LaTeX mode

7. Sep 26, 2014

### Enigman

Wrap them in '# #' tags (minus the space).
Like: '# # \LaTeX # #' = $\LaTeX$

8. Sep 26, 2014

### davenn

tried a bunch of variations nothing worked

9. Sep 26, 2014

### davenn

$\LaTeX$

goes and stands in the dunce's corner :(

10. Sep 26, 2014

### 1MileCrash

$\varphi$

11. Sep 26, 2014

### Mr-R

Capital Gamma: $\Gamma$

Looks Gangsta.

12. Sep 26, 2014

### Simon Bridge

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?)

13. Sep 27, 2014

### Astronuc

Staff Emeritus
I'm partial to $\Xi$

14. Sep 27, 2014

### SafiBTA

$Δ$ is what matters to me.

15. Sep 27, 2014

### Staff: Mentor

Even $\delta$ can make a difference.

16. Sep 27, 2014

### SafiBTA

Infinitesimal difference .

17. Sep 27, 2014

### ZetaOfThree

$\zeta$ for sure.

18. Sep 28, 2014

### HakimPhilo

$\psi$ for sure.

19. Sep 28, 2014

### Psinter

$\rho$

is my favorite.

20. Sep 28, 2014

### KL7AJ

The symbol for MHO (conductance, old style)

21. Sep 29, 2014

### DataGG

I hate rho. I cannot make $\rho$ for the life of me.. It always ends up being a "p".

22. Sep 29, 2014

### Psinter

Hihi. That's funny.