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Retired physicist and enjoy discussing physics

  1. Mar 8, 2013 #1
    Greetings everyone. I'm new here as you can see. I'm a retired physicist and enjoy discussing physics. Keeps the wheels in the noggin spinning. I look forward to many interesting conversations. I usually spend most of my time in forums helping people learn math and physics. I hope to be useful here. Let's see what happens, shall we? :)

    My handle "Popper" comes from my favorite pholosopher if science, Carl Popper. I actually know someone who knew him personally. I just got his book The Logic of Scientific Discovery. Have any of you ever heard of it or better yet read it? I also just obtained the book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn, my second favorite pholosopher if science. Are you familiar with him and/or his work too? I'd love to hear your thoughts on it. As Fritz Rohrlich said If you're not doing philosophy then you're not doing physics.[/i] I believe that wholeheartedly. How about you?
     
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    Welcome Popper!
     
  4. Mar 8, 2013 #3

    Drakkith

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    Welcome! Tell us, what is your favorite fish? I do so very much hope you say the majestic Salmon. If not that, then the swordfish is a good 2nd choice.
     
  5. Mar 8, 2013 #4

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    Experience: experimentalist, theoretician, industry based?

    preference: classicist, relativist, quantum, particle, astrophysicist, entangled?

    math interests?
     
  6. Mar 9, 2013 #5

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    If this isn't the most inaccurate statement ever then I don't know what is :smile:. Comparing physics to philosophy is like comparing authentic New York City pizza to Dominos. Welcome xD
     
  7. Mar 9, 2013 #6

    strangerep

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    Popper, if you haven't yet read all the guidelines/rules on this forum, you'd better do that soon.

    Philosophy tends to attract death stares around here -- mainly because no truly professional philosophers who knew their stuff would continue to moderate the Philosophy forum, and without a firm hand, such a forum quickly fills up with crackpot rubbish.

    Best to stick to real world physics around here... :smile:
     
  8. Mar 10, 2013 #7
    Already read it. Why did you try to remind me. Is that what you do to all newcommers?

    The point was that you're doing philosophy without knowing that you're doing it.
     
  9. Mar 10, 2013 #8

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    No. I just tried to caution in advance.
     
  10. Mar 10, 2013 #9
    Oh! Thanks for being so considerate. :smile:
     
  11. Mar 10, 2013 #10
    I strongly disagree. Let me think of some examples and I'll get back to you.
     
  12. Mar 10, 2013 #11

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  13. Mar 10, 2013 #12

    strangerep

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    I think they're both pretty ordinary (and yes, I've tried both).
    Actually, I've been to many cities in the USA and never found a decent pizza. :tongue2:
     
  14. Mar 10, 2013 #13
    Swordfish :)
     
  15. Mar 10, 2013 #14
    Welcome Popper. Looking forward to some stimulating discussions! These guys are just trying to help with their caveat on philophical discourse. I think the thread link Strangerep provided would be good to peruse.

    BTW, Dr. Popper's first name was spelled Karl, not Carl. I'm surprised the rest of the gang here didn't catch that. Oh yeah, I know why, they definitely ain't philosophers. Lol. In any case, I know it's just a trivial spelling difference, but, c'mon, he's your favorite philosopher of science and it's your handle, so, heck, it IS important:tongue:
     
  16. Mar 10, 2013 #15
    Computational Physics, digital signal processing, systems analysis and sfotware quality assurance (well ... I had to eat)

    Classical Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics, special relativity, general relativity and cosmology

    Differntial geometry, Digital signal processing, Computational physics, Tensor analysis, Fourier transforms and series.

    How about you?
     
  17. Mar 10, 2013 #16

    WannabeNewton

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    You take that back! :cry:

    Do it before I start posting set theory proofs.
     
  18. Mar 10, 2013 #17

    strangerep

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    Well, I am a physicist first and mathematician second.
    Therefore I rely on the experimental evidence to prove me right or wrong. :biggrin:

    [Oops. Getting off-topic, though.]
     
  19. Mar 10, 2013 #18

    micromass

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    But did you make enough measurements to make such an accurate statement about the pizza's?? I imagine you would have to eat quite a lot to get to ##5## sigma certainty!!
     
  20. Mar 10, 2013 #19

    strangerep

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    :bugeye: What's this?? A mentor indulging in an off-topic subthread (which I just tried to terminate)?
    Oh, what's the world coming to?? :cry:

    I didn't say there aren't any decent pizzas in the USA. I don't have enough data for that, yes.
    But I can say I didn't find any in the cities I've visited. :wink:
     
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  21. Mar 11, 2013 #20

    Evo

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    Yeah, this thread is done. Just to make it clear...no philosophy.
     
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