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What is your main field?

What is your main field?

Poll closed Mar 8, 2009.
  1. Biology

    2 vote(s)
  2. Chemistry

    4 vote(s)
  3. Computer Science

    4 vote(s)
  4. Engineering

    17 vote(s)
  5. Mathematics

    10 vote(s)
  6. Other Natural Sciences

    0 vote(s)
  7. Physics

    28 vote(s)
  8. Social Science

    0 vote(s)
  9. None of the Above

    8 vote(s)
  1. Feb 22, 2009 #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:

    Computer Science
    Other Natural Sciences
    Social Science

    and of course, none of the above.

    I think that covers most of us.
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  3. Feb 22, 2009 #2

    George Jones

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    Then, for some here, your group isn't big enough, and none of the possibilities will ring true.
  4. Feb 22, 2009 #3
    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. Feb 22, 2009 #4


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    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. Feb 22, 2009 #5
    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. Feb 22, 2009 #6


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    I voted physics, but would class myself as more maths/physics.
  8. Feb 22, 2009 #7


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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. Feb 22, 2009 #8
    Yes, I eventually got it. The first time I really didn't know what he was saying, but eventually... yes, eventually. :wink:
  10. Feb 22, 2009 #9
    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. Feb 22, 2009 #10
    I'm in experimental high energy astrophysics. On the side, I also try and think of shorter names for my discipline.
  12. Feb 22, 2009 #11
    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. Feb 22, 2009 #12
    I have to little imagination to be a mathematician then, it's that simple.
  14. Feb 22, 2009 #13


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    I'm "none of the above" I'm in technology, data networks to be exact.
  15. Feb 22, 2009 #14


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    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. Feb 22, 2009 #15
    I'm a lipid biochemist so I just voted chemistry.
  17. Feb 22, 2009 #16
    I voted for engineering. It's ideal.
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    I prefer the algebraic numbers myself
  20. Feb 22, 2009 #19


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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. Feb 23, 2009 #20

    Ah, a fellow math geek!
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