>sociology is just applied psychology! >psychology is just applied biology! >biology is just applied chemistry! >chemistry is just applied physics! >physics is just applied math! >math is just applied philosophy! >i should study philosophy!
Be honest with me about the hadron collider and particle accelerators and stuff.
It seems like scientists are always asking for more money for these things, but what is the purpose? If the results were useful to companies, wouldn't the companies be happy to pay? It makes me wonder if this is really useful if the government needs to pay the bill... the market should decide. Like, how does Higg's boson help me?
Also, is there any risk of funding this stuff? Like, think about the Manhattan Project. Learning about nuclear physics seemed like a good idea at... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>7723621 people respect knowledge, even if it has no apparent practical use today. There are groups that pool money for the purpose of developing understanding and there are people that start businesses to understand things. It's not just about money to everyone.
i apologize for my lack of math knowledge, but how come there's countable infinity for natural numbers, uncountable infinity for real numbers, but nothing inbetween? like what type of properties are there for a set that is less countable than natural numbers, but is more countable than reals? is it even possible?
>>7723606 Well, it's either countable or it's not. Sure, there are some countable infinities that are larger than others-- For instance, there are countably infinite primes, but obviously the set of all natural numbers is more dense.
The best explanation I have seen so far of the necessity of the speed of light is locality, that having no limit to the speed at which objects may influence other objects would essentially render location a meaningless concept, as e.g. photons could transmit force instantly over arbitrarily large distances.
Is this not simply countered by the existence of speed? For locality to exist, force carriers need to propagate at some speed, but MUST this necessarily be the same for all force carriers and an upper limit for all motion? Does this somehow break causality by potentially... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>be me >gunna study for finals >need snackaroonies >go to store >mmm trail-mix >eat crapload of trail mix over next 2 days >wake up on test day >take a shit >feel bloated >farting all over the place Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>in philosophy class >teacher makes us watch a new age pop sci film called "What the Bleep Do We Know!?" about quantum mechanics and consciousness >afterwards a girl asks someone to explain heisenberg's uncertainty principle because she is confused about it >one guy in the class says "ok you know how we can only see where something is by bouncing light off of it? when you bounce light off of a particle you change its momentum. so the mere... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>in science class >group of people talking >one girl says she keeps hearing about quantum entanglement on the news and wants someone to explain it >one guy in her group says "ok imagine you have two balls in a box, one red and one blue. You give the box a good shake and take out one ball and give it to Alice and the other one to bob. Neither Alice nor Bob are allowed to look at the color of their ball until they are light years apart. Now when Alice... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Why the hell are there so many global warming alarmists today? "Oh no, if we don't stop now, it's fucking game over. We'll never get back to where we were before!". Fuck all of you.
You believe in science just long enough to believe climate change, but don't believe that science can also fix this.
>We have too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, it's all over! Except for the fact that we can remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere easily. The only thing is, there needs to be more funding to... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>7723278 Are you slow? The problem isn't that we don't know about these technologies, it's that most people don't care enough to fund them and actually make them viable on a large scale. That's why scientists are so vocal, because we need to develop these technologies but politicians want to keep most of our budget in fossil fuels and military.
>oh you're wondering about those bright spots that are so bright you can see them from Earth? >they're just salt what else could they be, they must be salt. :^) >despite the spectroscopic readings not agreeing >here look at this doctored photograph put on your tinfoil hat crazy loon :^)
Childish, I know, but I think I actually have a shot, moreso considering that the space industry will likely expand hugely over the next two years.
Obviously its unlikely though, so this is my question: If i fail to be an astronaut, what other careers can I pursue?
My resume will hopefully look a little like this: >degree in mechanical engineering from cambridge >8 years in Air Force as a pilot, ~2000 flight hours >speak Russian and English Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Are there any other chemistry PhD students (or PhDs) here?
What type of subdiscipline/field did you do?
I am approaching the point where I need to make a decision on this. I want to do either Physical, Analytical, or Inorganic. I definitely don't want to do Organic, Biochem, or Medical/Pharma.
I was kind of thinking of getting my PhD then working for a company instead of doing academic research as a career, so I guess I'd want Analytical for that, right? I'm interested in all 3 of the ones I mentioned, so idk.
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