# Overwhelming the odds

SeReNiTy
Gave my first lecture today, almost passed out before it commenced. So many of the great professors were in the audience, amazing thing is, once it started i got caught up in the maths, the nerves just faded away.

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SeReNiTy said:
Gave my first lecture today, almost passed out before it commenced. So many of the great professors were in the audience, amazing thing is, once it started i got caught up in the maths, the nerves just faded away.

Awesome!

Let's hope the math was all good. :tongue:

Norman
Congrats!

Always a nerve wrecking experience.

Mentor
Well done!

Once you get into your comfort zone, you just seem to go on autopilot. Getting there is the hard part.

Mentor
Great! What's the subject? What did your first lecture cover? Inquiring minds want to know!

SeReNiTy
It was on classical mechanics, started off with variational principles and the lagrangian formulation from which Newton's laws can be derived. Then a section of Noether's theorem where I proved the homogeneity of space and time implied conservation of momentum and energy respectively. This also led to some insight into a deeper underlying structure between space and time.

Then it moved into sympletic geometry and the formulation of the Hamiltonian, next it was lorentz groups and rotations in R(3+1) and how the hyperbolic nature of space led to the fact that the speed of light is the cosmic speed limit.

Mentor
SeReNiTy said:
It was on classical mechanics, started off with variational principles and the lagrangian formulation from which Newton's laws can be derived. Then a section of Noether's theorem where I proved the homogeneity of space and time implied conservation of momentum and energy respectively. This also led to some insight into a deeper underlying structure between space and time.

Then it moved into sympletic geometry and the formulation of the Hamiltonian, next it was lorentz groups and rotations in R(3+1) and how the hyperbolic nature of space led to the fact that the speed of light is the cosmic speed limit.
Way cool. Wish I were there to hear it!

Stevedye56
SeReNiTy said:
Gave my first lecture today, almost passed out before it commenced. So many of the great professors were in the audience, amazing thing is, once it started i got caught up in the maths, the nerves just faded away.

I know how that goes, for project presentations the hardest part is finding a place to start. Once you start its not that bad. What's bad is when you make a slight joke you think is funny, but no one else gets it... That's never fun.

Awesome job though!