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by Aleifr
Mon Feb 28, 2011 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: iGEM
Replies: 4
Views: 1027

Re: iGEM

Sweat, my university is participating. =] I'd really like to participate, but the problem is I'll be home, far away from the university in the summer, when the competition is taking place. I'm planning a carrier in synthetic biology though, so maybe I should sacrifice a summer at home to take part i...
by Aleifr
Sun Feb 20, 2011 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Non-fiction
Replies: 6
Views: 1828

Re: Non-fiction

SecondTalon wrote:Could we.. please narrow this slightly? Nonfiction is mind-bogglingly broad to the point where I don't see a meaningful difference between this and the stickied "Favorite Book" thread.


Better? =) (I changed the first post)
by Aleifr
Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Non-fiction
Replies: 6
Views: 1828

Re: Non-fiction

I'd really like to do some reading on "abiogenesis" or "the origins of life". So far, the best candidate I've found is "The Origins of Life" by David Deamer and Jack W. Szostack. Has anyone read this one? Or have some other suggestions?
by Aleifr
Thu Feb 17, 2011 12:09 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard
Replies: 176
Views: 32174

Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Abiogenesis. It doesn't sound ultra "sciencey", but I love the word, I love the concept, and I love the actual science of it.

[Edited 20.02.2011]
by Aleifr
Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Non-fiction
Replies: 6
Views: 1828

Re: Non-fiction

theGoldenCalf; wrote:Group theory says non-fiction book recommendations fall into that 'Recommend a book' sticky up there on top.


Well, I was thinking this deserved it's own thread. And I changed my first post a bit, because I didn't really mean like "recommend me a book".
by Aleifr
Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Non-fiction
Replies: 6
Views: 1828

Non-fiction

Discuss your favourite a non-fictional science books, whether it's a physics textbook, the history of technology, or what ever you might think of. Personally, I can't really think of any, that's why I started this thread. Though, I will say that A New Kind of Science by Stephen Wolfram (creator of M...
by Aleifr
Mon Feb 07, 2011 11:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0857: "Archimedes"
Replies: 137
Views: 32532

Re: 0857: "Archimedes"

Everyone wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die... when I point my gun at them First impressions are the most lasting... especially when made by a 9mm Fortune favours the brave, or whoever has the gun Ignorance is bliss if the bomb under your car is about to explode. It is better to give tha...
by Aleifr
Thu Jan 27, 2011 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Zeitgeist: Moving Forward
Replies: 43
Views: 5633

Re: Zeitgeist: Moving Forward

Thank you for watching it for me Scarecrovv. It sounds like you've saved me 2.5 hours of my life. Mainly because, I already know that neo-liberalism is fucking us up, and we need to stop it now. It's the how that I'm worried about. In the documentary, they make it very clear that they're not presen...
by Aleifr
Thu Jan 27, 2011 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Zeitgeist: Moving Forward
Replies: 43
Views: 5633

Re: Zeitgeist: Moving Forward

I made some changes to the first post. Now there are no insults and there is a short description of the contents of the documentary. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeitgeist,_the_Movie Wiki link for the curious. Conspiracy theorist selective interpretation of the facts and outright inaccuracies across...
by Aleifr
Thu Jan 27, 2011 12:30 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Zeitgeist: Moving Forward
Replies: 43
Views: 5633

Re: Zeitgeist: Moving Forward

Looks like there was one person who actually looked at the documentary, and he/she started judging it right from the start. Sure, the first 8 minutes weren't really anything special, and it only gave more and more problems, but the documentary is 2 hours and 40 minutes long for crying out loud, he g...
by Aleifr
Thu Jan 27, 2011 1:28 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Zeitgeist: Moving Forward
Replies: 43
Views: 5633

Zeitgeist: Moving Forward

Ok, so this is about a movie (a documentary in particular), but I don't think this belongs in the "Movies and TV shows" forum, as this is not just entertainment but I sincerely hope many will watch it and think about what is being said. [EDIT: sentence deleted]. Of course, as always when w...
by Aleifr
Mon Nov 15, 2010 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math Websites
Replies: 125
Views: 168463

Re: Math Websites

I'm having trouble finding anything on discrete mathematics. The book we're using in class is terrible, and I'm kind of short on lecture notes. I found some on this website, which someone listed earlier: http://www.maths.mq.edu.au/~wchen/ln.html But it isn't really satisfying. Don't think anyone has...
by Aleifr
Tue Nov 09, 2010 12:01 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Mathematically correct art
Replies: 5
Views: 1171

Re: Mathematically correct art

You, sir, name? wrote:Maybe you can find something to your liking in this list:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interactiv ... y_software


Yeah, it was more along those lines I was thinking. But I've had so much fun playing with Processing since you told me about it. xD
by Aleifr
Mon Nov 08, 2010 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Mathematically correct art
Replies: 5
Views: 1171

Re: Mathematically correct art

You, sir, name? wrote:What you want is a programming language geared towards visualization. Maybe something like this --> http://processing.org


I was looking for something more simpler, but that program (or should I say language) looks really cool. I'm looking into it.
by Aleifr
Mon Nov 08, 2010 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Mathematically correct art
Replies: 5
Views: 1171

Mathematically correct art

I would like to do what it says in the title of this thread. I'd like to do it on my computer, but I'm not sure how to. What I mean by mathematically correct art, is geometrical shapes like the golden spiral, polygons, a deltoid curve...stuff like that.

Anyone know of any good program?
by Aleifr
Thu Sep 02, 2010 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math Software
Replies: 143
Views: 152871

Re: Math Software

Someone really should make a list of all of these programs people have mentioned.
by Aleifr
Fri Jul 09, 2010 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: public misconceptions
Replies: 1073
Views: 142119

Re: public misconceptions

I can't stand how little faith people have in science and scientists. When dealing with such people, in my experience, the only argument they have is that scientists can't possibly know all that (and that can't really be accepted as an argument). For hundreds (or thousands) of years we have develope...
by Aleifr
Tue Jul 06, 2010 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Pilot whales
Replies: 10
Views: 2831

Re: Pilot whales

Second, this means that although a mother may have a calf once every 4 years, she will not have a calf that reaches reproductive maturity once every 4 years. It may be 90% that survive or 50% that survive, but whatever the percentage is, you can be certain it's not 100%. I agree. But the problem th...
by Aleifr
Tue Jul 06, 2010 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Pilot whales
Replies: 10
Views: 2831

Pilot whales

I doubt there are any of you that haven't heard about the threat of extintion of pilot whales, or whales in general. Though, the actual facts are scarce. I'm from a little country called the Faroe Islands, where we hunt pilot whales, and many are concerned that by doing so we contribute to the extin...
by Aleifr
Sun May 09, 2010 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is the fundamental unit of space a cube?
Replies: 30
Views: 2841

Re: Is the fundamental unit of space a cube?

I'd say the fundamental unit of space would be a tetrahedron, since you only need four points in space to make a three dimensional object. EDIT: Sorry for bargin in on a conversation I had no understanding of. Someone mentioned "rotational invariance", so I read about it on wikipedia and n...
by Aleifr
Sat May 08, 2010 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science Websites
Replies: 70
Views: 208395

Re: Science Websites

http://www.physorg.com Great site. It's sort of a science news site. A lot of interesting articles about nanotechnology and computer science, and pretty much everything else too. You can create a user profile so you can favorite articles, and some other handy stuff too. I reckon this site belongs un...
by Aleifr
Wed Jan 20, 2010 12:11 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math Books
Replies: 378
Views: 253705

Re: Math Books

doogly wrote:
Aleifr wrote:I'm in my last year of high-school, and I'm looking for a math book to use in addition to the one we use in class.

Any sort of topic you're after?


EDIT: The topics I'm most interested in are: calculus, algebra and vectors.
by Aleifr
Tue Jan 19, 2010 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math Books
Replies: 378
Views: 253705

Re: Math Books

I'm in my last year of high-school, and I'm looking for a math book to use in addition to the one we use in class. I also have a suggestion: Arthur Benjamin's "Secrets of Mental Math" http://www.amazon.co.uk/Secrets-Mental-Math-Mathemagicians-Calculation/dp/0307338401/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&am...

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