causality is tricky to determine. but entropy is not it is because of entropy that we know the time is real although clock time where everything is supposedly evenly timed apart is a convenient myth It’s useful myth because we need to measure clock time especially in science and engineering. in particular you have euler’s number. its rate of growth, rate of decay. even though rate is a myth, because clock time is a myth, growth:decay functions work. so how is there RATE ?

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Emergent properties of theoretical physics found in purified molecules in a crystal structure? As I’m going through a textbook series on “Surface and Interface Science”, I’m struck at the vast differences in how properties, both quantum and classical, are treated vs how I would normally see them in theoretical physics. As this is in the category of Solid State Physics, which is more in the realm of Engineering / Materials Sciences – its focus is going to be more pragmatic than Theoretical Physics. In this text, the particular elements and molecules being discussed are important: it’s rarely generalized to just electrons, etc, but almost always in terms of the crystal structures, whether it’s elemental crystals or more complex molecules — at this level, they’re treated the same. It’s “Just barely” zoomed out from the subatomic world. It’s only the tiniest bit further away really – and there is plenty of overlap at the same ‘zoom’. Many of the same equations show up. Many of the same famous names as I’d find in theoretical physics – but here’s theoretical and practical chemistry really, although not only chemistry so much as what it says: surface sciences.

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In music, the behavior of waves when you play a chord (parallel) versus taking the same notes and playing them in an arpeggio (serial). The experience is both similar and different. Or, when you try to swap time and space / space and time with Fourier transforms or other decomposition methods. Still magical to me.

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Here’s what it is: Lawyers apply general law to specific cases. Doctors apply general medicine to specific cases. Engineers apply general mathematical, scientific and engineering principles to specific cases. But Scientists are creating principles, not applying principles to specific cases. This is why Mathematicians do not get paid big money either. They do not apply general principles to specific cases: they generate principles.

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“one wonders how much farther he might have gone and how much greater might have been his contribution to knowledge had his talents been recognized early and adequate guidance and motivation been provided.” This was the line that ‘got me’ as a teenager reading this. I ‘felt’ his story. Even though it was mostly a book of statistics, it was statistics that interested me and it had the occasional little stories like these. —- THE GIFTED GROUP AT MID-LIFE, 1959 It is not surprising, of course, that the gifted men who have had the advantage of college training, often at the graduate level, should be in positions of importance and prestige in the professions and the business world. It is, however, of special interest when those without such edu- cational advantages rise to positions of importance in competition with college-trained men. One such example follows. C. J., whose formal schooling was limited to high school and 6 units of college mathematics taken in extension courses, moved from Group III to Group I between 1940 and 1955. He was one of a family of two children (brother and sister), both of whom were selected for the gifted study. For various reasons the boy, although he had had a strong interest in science and engineering since childhood, did not go to college. The fact that he completed high school at a time of economic stress (the early 1930’s) may have been one determining factor behind his failure to enter college. His parents, although they had hoped he would con- tinue his education, were not able to help him financially. More impor- tant, however, were his poor school grades, which made it necessary that he take “make-up” courses to qualify for college, and at that time he could see no reason for spending time on subjects in which he was not interested. Probably the most crucial factor in his dropping out of school was the failure of the school itself to recognize his unusual ability or to offer any real guidance during his high-school years. His reluctance to conform to a school routine and his lack of application to his studies even though, according to the report from the high school, he showed “occasional flashes of brilliance” apparently obscured his great gifts. Left entirely on his own with little sympathetic stimula- tion and no guidance, he went to work on leaving high school, with the Intention of saving money for college study and a degree in engineering. It was an unfavorable time for financial progress, but C. J. remained employed all through the depression. He began at a fairly unskilled level but after a few years found work in the field of machine design where he made excellent progress. During this period he studied in- formally and still clung to his ambition of taking an engineering degree and as he came to hope a graduate degree in physics. When his income became sufficiently secure that he might have gone to college, war threatened and he turned instead to war work. During World War II he was on the research staff of a highly secret and important laboratory, working side by side with graduate physicists, often on his own projects, an honor usually accorded only Ph.D/s. When this re- search laboratory was discontinued at the end of the war, he was ap- pointed to the engineering staff at a military ordnance laboratory. Because of his fine work as a project engineer on important military developments, he received a promotional appointment to the GS-12 level under a “meritorious exception.” This was a distinct honor since, under Civil Service regulations, an individual without a college degree is ineligible for advancement beyond the grade of GS-7. However, greater honors were in store for C. J. He was recently fully qualified as a mechanical engineer, GS-12, thus removing the “meritorious exception” qualification. This action made further pro- motion possible and he now heads a branch of the optical engineering division in a military research and development center. His work, on a high professional level, is concerned with guided missile instrumenta- tion. C. J. is now in his early forties, married, and the father of three children. He is active in school and community affairs and his hobbies include music, photography, and reading. Among the magazines read regularly are the Atlantic Monthly and Scientific American, and books he has recently read include Modern Arms and Free Men ( Vannevar Bush), Language in Action (Hayakawa), and Human Destiny (Le- comte du Noiiy). His Binet IQ at age 10 was 154 and his Terman Group Test score in 1928 at age 17 was within a few points of a per- fect score. And it was then that the school complained of his argu- mentativeness and failure to respond to discipline, and noted his fail- ure in various school subjects, despite the A he received in chemistry! On the Concept Mastery tests taken in 1940 and 1951 he scored far higher than the average college graduate and placed nearly 20 points above the average of the gifted men. In view of his continued high intelligence rating and his remarkable scientific ability especially in physics and engineering one wonders how much farther he might have gone and how much greater might have been his contribution to knowledge had his talents been recognized early and adequate guidance and motivation been provided.

“one wonders how much
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