Saturday, May 03, 2008

Still Alive

I'm still alive and kicking, though I find myself without much time for blogging. In addition, I find that many, if not most of the ideas that I've ever wanted to write about I've already written about. However, it is apparently in the nature of a blog that if you're not constantly monitoring it, commenting on other people's blogs, commenting on their comments to your blog, people consider your blog to be deadly dull. That's fine. I have no problem with that.

I'm hoping to refresh/learn physics again. You see I've picked up my old Marion and Thornton on the currently reading category. The idea is to do the whole Landau/Lifschitz series of books, with some augmentation. And why? Aside from the fact that it's fun (just had to throw out that geeky comment), I've thought for some time that my physics is pretty weak. There are a number of topics I never even really had in school: tensors, abstract algebra in the context of field theory, advanced geometry and that sort of thing. I also NEVER understood thermodynamics. I consider thermo to be the most difficult subject in physics. Perhaps Landau can shed some light on the topic, as at least two or three books in his ten volume set correspond to thermo.

At some point, too, I need to go through the Coddington/Levinson Diff Eq book, and Dummit and Foote's Abstract Algebra book, as well as learning statistics and geometry (two subjects I really haven't done justice to).

That will enable me, at the end, I hope, to study Quantum Computing in earnest, as well as being a good preparation for teaching. A teacher should be master of his subject, as the first of Gregory's Seven Laws says.

Work at Bloomy Controls goes well. I've delivered my first project! That was pretty fun.

Susan is doing well, though tired much of the time, of course. We are expecting a boy June 22.

In Christ.

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