Physics Christmas gifts

  • Thread starter Jow
  • Start date
  • #1
Jow
69
0
My cousin, like me, is interested in physics. She, also like me, aspires to become a physicist. For Christmas she wanted a telescope, unfortunately, the one she wanted was $2000, and her mother was not willing to buy her something so expensive as they had just recently returned from a very expensive vacation. Anyway, her mother has come to me asking what she should get her daughter. I have already recommended a copy of the Feynman Lectures but other than that I couldn't think of anything else. What would you give someone like me or my cousin?
 

Answers and Replies

  • #3
tiny-tim
Science Advisor
Homework Helper
25,832
251
… For Christmas she wanted a telescope, unfortunately, the one she wanted was $2000 …
(how old is she?)

i don't buy this

if she asked for a telescope, she isn't interested in physics, she's interested in looking at the stars (etc)

i can't see anything non-star-related satisfying her

i say, buy her a really cheap telescope and a really good camera that she can attach, and encourage her to take up photography! :smile:
 
  • #4
575
47
if she asked for a telescope, she isn't interested in physics, she's interested in looking at the stars
I'm interested in looking at stars, and I'm interested in physics. You can be interested in both.

Or maybe she's a genius and she likes to personally calculate different characteristics about the orbits of planets.
 
  • #5
I'm interested in looking at stars, and I'm interested in physics. You can be interested in both.
I'm the same. I was drawn to physics because I wanted to be an astronomer as a kid, and while I'm now more interested in nuclear and particle physics, I still can't help but look up at night, take trips to observatories, etc.
 
  • #6
Pythagorean
Gold Member
4,214
272
OP either has more context than us and she is interested in physics, or OP is generalizing star-gazing as an interest in physics. Hard to tell from OP.

I'm looking for something to get my 3 year old that's not a meaningless plastic toy. Could augment her duplo lego collection....
 
  • #7
1,564
6
How about a TI-89?
 
  • #9
Jow
69
0
if she asked for a telescope, she isn't interested in physics, she's interested in looking at the stars (etc)

My Grandmother's nephew wanted to be an astronomer when he was young, now he is a physicist...
 
  • #10
16
0
I'm the same. I was drawn to physics because I wanted to be an astronomer as a kid, and while I'm now more interested in nuclear and particle physics, I still can't help but look up at night, take trips to observatories, etc.
:biggrin::blushing:
 

Related Threads on Physics Christmas gifts

  • Last Post
2
Replies
38
Views
4K
  • Last Post
Replies
2
Views
1K
  • Last Post
2
Replies
39
Views
9K
  • Last Post
Replies
3
Views
1K
  • Last Post
Replies
2
Views
3K
Replies
9
Views
8K
  • Last Post
Replies
5
Views
1K
  • Last Post
Replies
10
Views
6K
  • Last Post
Replies
1
Views
572
  • Last Post
Replies
3
Views
1K
Top