What is your main field?

What is your main field?

Poll closed Mar 8, 2009.
  1. Biology

    2 vote(s)
    2.7%
  2. Chemistry

    4 vote(s)
    5.5%
  3. Computer Science

    4 vote(s)
    5.5%
  4. Engineering

    17 vote(s)
    23.3%
  5. Mathematics

    10 vote(s)
    13.7%
  6. Other Natural Sciences

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. Physics

    28 vote(s)
    38.4%
  8. Social Science

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. None of the Above

    8 vote(s)
    11.0%
  1. I tried to find a poll like this but I failed. So I *suppose* it has never been done before.

    If I left your field out, I apologize.

    Choices are, in alphabetical order:

    Biology
    Chemistry
    Computer Science
    Engineering
    Mathematics
    Other Natural Sciences
    Physics
    Social Science

    and of course, none of the above.

    I think that covers most of us.
     
  2. jcsd
  3. George Jones

    George Jones 6,481
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    Physics.

    Then, for some here, your group isn't big enough, and none of the possibilities will ring true.
     
  4. I'm really interested to find out what those people do. But when I was making the poll I was doubting that there was any "none of the above" person here.
     
  5. Astronuc

    Staff: Mentor

    Some people's work may span two or more disciplines, e.g. math/physics, or engineering/physics.

    An example of three disciplines might be chemistry/physics/engineering for someone working in fundamental research in corrosion, particularly in corrosion in radiation environments.
     
  6. That's true and I considered enabling multiple selection, but I was afraid it might be "wrong" statistics because then number of votes won't be number of people voted.
     
  7. cristo

    cristo 8,412
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    I voted physics, but would class myself as more maths/physics.
     
  8. Gokul43201

    Gokul43201 11,141
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    George was making a funny. I guess he expected that someone into knots might have come across groups and rings in their field of study.
     
  9. Yes, I eventually got it. The first time I really didn't know what he was saying, but eventually... yes, eventually. :wink:
     
  10. But why "ring" ? I mean, the term "group" may somehow make sense, at least it is vague enough, but what suggests the term "ring" as being relevant to the "ring" structure ? I never got it frankly. It's the exact same term in french and does not make any more sense. As for "field" (algebraic), in french it's called a "body", and again, I don't see how that should be suggestive of the algebraic structure thus named.
     
  11. I'm in experimental high energy astrophysics. On the side, I also try and think of shorter names for my discipline.
     
  12. Well Z does look like a ring and Q does look like a field... what I don't get is "group".

    or is that my overactive imagination??? :uhh:
     
  13. :rofl:
    I have to little imagination to be a mathematician then, it's that simple.
     
  14. Evo

    Staff: Mentor

    I'm "none of the above" I'm in technology, data networks to be exact.
     
  15. Astronuc

    Staff: Mentor

    That would make you 'notabove'? :biggrin:

    The internet did not exist when we were in high school, although the telecommunications networks did exist. I used to use dial-up on a time-shared mainframe. The grad students in our engineering department installed the first network, and we subsequently hooked our network to the university's network. I was able to get into other computers across the nation on what was some kind of network, possibly the precursor to the internet, but the syntax was something like - node1::node2:: . . . ::destination
     
  16. I'm a lipid biochemist so I just voted chemistry.
     
  17. I voted for engineering. It's ideal.
     
  18. Student...
     
  19. Office_Shredder

    Office_Shredder 4,498
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    I prefer the algebraic numbers myself
     
  20. turbo

    turbo 7,366
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    I have worked as a process chemist in a pulp mill, as a programmer/troubleshooter during the automation of some power-boilers, and as a consultant in all of the above. None of it had buttons to click.
     
  21. :rofl:

    Ah, a fellow math geek!
     
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