Where is selfadjoint?

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SelfAdjoint was DickT

For anyone interested in reading some of SelfAdjoints post in the old String Theory Discussion Forum where he went by the handle DickT, http://www.superstringtheory.com/forum/forums_i.html" [Broken]

Here's an http://www.superstringtheory.com/forum/scirelig/messages/261.html" [Broken] from the Science and Religion threads:

...As I have posted before, I am a practicing Christian, converted from agnosticism by an intense religious experience. I tend to think of the Universe as (analogy only!) a superposition a la Schrodinger's cat of Faith and Reason. They are not in any way intermingled, but our state is somehow the unity of the separate each of them, if you see what I mean.

Rest in peace SA
 
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The responses to this thread have touched me. I started missing SelfAdoint
back in February and tried to figure out what happened. I couldn't accept
that somebody posting anonymously could simply "disappear". I finally found
this thread including the sad answer that I was already expecting... Below
some personal info I found back in February searching his posts:



Self Adjoint…

He was a widower, living in the town of Greenville (Fox cities) Wisconsin,
He was born in Maryland, August 7, 1933. He, as we know now, passed
away December 10th 2006 at the age of 73.

He has a BA in mathematics from Butler University in Indianapolis.
Followed grad school at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in mathematics
(Algebraic Topology) in the early 60's. He left grad school in 1966 and took
a job as a programmer analyst at a manufacturing company, He worked
as a database administrator for a number of companies like FMC and
Marshal Fields.

His passion was physics at every level as his 8000+ post so clearly show.

He met his wife Mary Ann at the Christmas party of the department manager.
Their marriage lasted 34 years until she died. Has a daughter named Pam born
on Aug 9th who did Industrial engineering at Marquette. He has a married
son with a 7 year old daughter Nikki born in Sep 1999 and 1 year old daughter
Elizabeth born on Dec 21 2005. He has lived also in Southern California,
Indiana and Illinois.

He was originally a Protestant to become a Catholic later which he has been
for a major part of his live. He had his agnostic periods as well.

After 8232 posts his users profile shows: Last Activity: 12-03-2006 03:34 PM





Regards, Hans
 
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Thanks for gathering those details, Hans.
I remember when you shared what you had found with us, in a February thread where we were reminiscing and missing sA.
Affectionate tributes to him from you, and from others, are there as well:

https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?p=1252741#post1252741
 
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Thanks so much for sharing those details Hans. It's nice to be able to know more of the man behind the nickname.
 
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BTW selfAdjoint knew a lot of poetry and also classical Latin which he would quote in unexpectedly appropriate ways, usually to humorous effect.
Oddly what I remember right now are not the humorous but more serious. Here is a poem I remember him quoting:
Leigh Hunt. 1784–1859

Jenny kiss'd Me

JENNY kiss'd me when we met,
Jumping from the chair she sat in;
Time, you thief, who love to get
Sweets into your list, put that in!
Say I'm weary, say I'm sad,
Say that health and wealth have miss'd me,
Say I'm growing old, but add,
Jenny kiss'd me.

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another time he quoted a Latin adage something like:
Fiat justicia ruat caelum.
and said that some folks subscribed to that but his attitude was different. (You shouldn't always insist on justice, if it was going to cause the heavens to fall or destroy the republic.)

What I can remember is only a small sample of his genial erudition, which made discussing with him especially enjoyable. I would value anything like this that other people remember.
 
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Sad news that I just heard from the grapevine. I know I've disappeared a bit recently, too, which I suppose means Philosophy has gone to all hell since we were the two patrolling it. I hope everyone knows that 0TheSwerve0 is my girlfriend, and if one of us disappears, just ask the other what gives.

He was one of the very first to respond to me, too, and I learned a great deal from him. The number of topics he knew in relative depth was staggering. A true lifelong learner.
 
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Im extremely saddened to hear of his passing. One tends to learn a lot about an individual after so many postings, and he was one of the people I had the highest respect for. A big loss for PF and the world has one less passionate thinker in it, truly a rare breed.
 
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Rest in peace , selfadjoint.
 
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Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
 
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:'(

My message to too short.


Edit: Is it bad that I am probably more upset about some physicist that I hardly knew who died then I would be if a family member die?

Although I'm not -that- upset, I'm more upset right now then I have been for years.
 
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Just bumping this thread to make note that we have put up a library item as memorial. Please add your memories and comment.

https://www.physicsforums.com/library.php?do=view_item&itemid=81

Great idea, Greg.:approve:


EDIT: I just realized that the new friends system is listing SA as having "not made any friends yet." The is obviously NOT the case. If anything SA should be listed as having more friends than any other member! I believe, if possible, we should add ourselves as friends. Greg, is there any way to get into the system and approve friend requests for him?
 
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