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In order to develop the right language?

  1. Aug 18, 2010 #1
    what to do In order to develop the proper language?

    Hi all,
    I'm new there and I would like to thank you for this beatiful platform. I used this weird topic name because I wasn't confident with the question, which appears to be very general.
    Anyway, the matter is:
    I'm a student in economics and I should start in these very days collecting material for the thesis. I decided to orient myself there because after a course in pure math (linear algebra \ maximization, etc) I realized, coming back to economics, how dull and poor is the language used usually by economists in order to attach problems and formalize questions.
    I then decided to move toward less binded and freerer area like physics and math in order to develop a language capable in helping me formalizing ontologic questions which I can't express with the means I aquired so far.
    Nowadays many economics think that creating mixture between social sciences and phisics is "cool" but a this moment, I found very little outside finance, which dosn't constitue my first interest.
    I decided to put there this question because I imagine physic students have a deeper knowledge in theoretical means relating to other subjects (biology, chemistry), and perhaps you could (hoping so!) route me toward some useful direction.

    As a profane, I had some reading of quantum mechanics and I've been impressed (obviously), but I though that given the time constrain it was better to ask you where to move toward in order to get the wider "language".
    Thanks again!
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2010
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  3. Aug 18, 2010 #2
    So bad :(
  4. Aug 18, 2010 #3
    Follow this http://textbookrevolution.org/index.php/Main_Page" [Broken].
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  5. Aug 18, 2010 #4
    thank you for the great site, I'll check the book as soon as I'll get a proper pc with pdf on it. By now, I would like to know if you judge premature to move towards things like propagator or diffusion functions, because I would really like to step into some physics: I had great time during my high school classes with the subject but then I had to abandon it...
    Thanks again
  6. Aug 18, 2010 #5
    I do not know what is or is not premature for you. The site I gave you has many physics books for many education levels. Try reading some of them and judge for yourself.
  7. Aug 19, 2010 #6
    I gave a good check to the book you kindly suggested me and I found it really interesting even though I already had a good perception of many specific topics. I will print it in order un read and take notes.
    Concerning my previous message, I didn't explained myself, and I'm sorry: considering that I have virtual access to any book, it would be of a great usefulness to me un know what should I use in order to have a first contact with quantum physics? since the topic is huge I need a first direction to grasp the environment as a whole before going indepth
  8. Aug 19, 2010 #7
    Quantum physics is an advanced topic.

    You will need to know:

    differential equations
    Vector calculus

    Vector calculus is typically taught in the third of three calculus classes. A good calculus book will have a section on vectors at the end of the book.

    I also recommend that you know:
    Basic physics
    Electromagnetic field theory

    Self-study for something like quantum physics is going to be difficult. There are many books that are designed for people who lack math backgrounds. You could read those and appreciate quantum physics without having to decipher the math.
  9. Aug 19, 2010 #8
    I shall thank you one again for the great patience.
    No problem with vectors, or optimization tools (we already covered hamiltonian) but to learn differencial equations I'm going to attend another math course in september with some advanced stuff.
    What book would you suggest?
    In fact, I would like to broaden the maximization cage in which we are buried with something useful to study the "environment" (the dimension) in which the subjects and elements act and react. Hydromechanics and magnetisms would fit, in this first naive glance, a raw approximation. But I'm ready to change my mind according to your wise suggestions
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