What physics and math communities do you enjoy?

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I like its many features and I think that many people are doing an excellent job there. But sometimes I think it's too focused on routine problems. I miss the creativity in problem-solving, that's why I am here. I don't like the style of physics stackexchange. Sometimes I visit sci.math or the Math Forum, but I don't think that they are really useful. There are some decent physics groups on Reddit, but again the quality is often lacking. In summary, Physics Forums is an outstanding community for math and physics discussions, with a wide range of members from around the world and a high level of expertise and professionalism. Other potential communities, such as math stackexchange and certain Reddit groups, may also have some useful features,
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What are some of the best math and physics communities (besides physicsforum) that you are a part of?

Glad to be here, btw.
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If you you've got PF, why would you need anything else ? :smile:
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I suppose I trusted you folk to have an educated opinion on the rest of them. :biggrin:
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scrow00 said:
I suppose I trusted you folk to have an educated opinion on the rest of them. :biggrin:
There are a few outstanding properties of our forums which you barely find anywhere else: The given answers are usually from real scientists, teachers, professors, or graduate students. And answers from "the public" will be checked quickly and corrected if wrong. This represents a quality which stopped my search for other platforms. Personally I follow Terence Tao's blog and I know some of us read Sabine Hossenfelder's. But blogs aren't what you asked for.

Another quality is the fact that we have users around the world. O.k. Africa and South America are a bit under represented, but I find it somehow funny to speak about mathematics or physics with people from the other end of the world. O.k. this is modern internet, but here you can actually see it! And it surprises and pleases me to see how people from completely different cultures, time zones, or religions unite in science. And not only that. If you look at our "recreation area" we even laugh about the same jokes. It's a great pity that this isn't the normal on this planet.
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Answering regardless of the obvious answers would be an act of disloyalty
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Answering regardless of the obvious answers would be an act of disloyalty
No, I think @fresh_42 's answer was profound. I have been part of DARPANET then the Internet since the 1980's, rarely used social media, mostly for hobbies. The PF community is unusually forthright, professional and International. I have memberships in other moderated forums focused on narrow subject matter. The breadth and depth of knowledge on PF forums gives me hope for the future of science.

Or consider PF a gateway for other sites. Today I redirected to a NASA site I had not visited for a long time, an intermediate level math stack exchange, skimmed a programming language site and read most of two physics papers, one easy and one more difficult; and reviewed advanced medical products once the realm of science fiction. We also discussed latest photographic data from Saturn and Jupiter while I learned new words in two languages. I learned why mathematicians call Ullam's Conjecture by another name and discovered how digital servo-mechanisms no longer require separate control transformers. Contemplated an n-dimensional topological object defined by two transcendental functions in three variables and a recipe for corned beef. Take a look.
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scrow00 said:
What are some of the best math and physics communities (besides physicsforum) that you are a part of?

Glad to be here, btw.
None in my occasional online searches turned up anything attractive. Physics Forums seems to be one of the few or only worthy of visiting. Forum, well-organized with good boards.

A few good forums for technologies do exist, but these are not dedicated to Mathematics or Natural Sciences or wide-ranging engineering.
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Aside from these boards, I visit math stackexchange and occasionally ask something, too.

1. What are some examples of physics and math communities that you enjoy?

Some examples of physics and math communities that I enjoy include online forums such as Physics Forums and Stack Exchange, as well as local groups like the American Physical Society and the Mathematical Association of America.

2. How do these communities benefit you as a scientist?

These communities allow me to connect with other scientists and researchers, exchange ideas and information, and collaborate on projects. They also provide access to a wealth of knowledge and resources that can aid in my research and professional development.

3. What types of discussions or topics do you typically engage in with these communities?

I typically engage in discussions related to current research and developments in physics and math, as well as theoretical and conceptual debates. I also enjoy discussing practical applications of these fields and the impact they have on society.

4. How do these communities foster a sense of collaboration and teamwork?

These communities often have designated spaces for members to share their work, seek feedback, and collaborate on projects. They also host events such as conferences and workshops where scientists can come together and work on problems or projects in person.

5. Can anyone join these communities, or are they exclusive to scientists?

While these communities are primarily geared towards scientists and researchers, anyone with a passion for physics and math can join and participate in discussions. Many communities also have designated spaces for students and non-scientists to ask questions and learn from experts in the field.

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