I was re-reading a series of essays by a physicist, that I had recently published on my website. It was one of those works that you had, as an aspiring physicist, been looking for but never got.
I have only recently taken to become an active participant at Physics Forums and I was fortunate enough to stumble upon a thread that directed me to one ZapperZ’s postings covering everything that one ought to know right from Undergrad to PostDoc so that they will not have to end up saying ‘I wish someone had told me all this back then.’
One of the major things I learnt (apart from the fact that a physics major will have to learn more mathematics than a mathematics major) is that a new necessity for a physics student is learning at least two programming languages: preferably C and Fortran.
Along with this, owning to the highly specific submission demands that journals make (what with electronically submitted articles alone being accepted by many) the author also highlights the absolute need to learn LaTex as soon as possible instead of struggling with it later on, after an idea is embedded!
So I headed to Wikibooks and downloaded completed, verified books on both C and LaTex (Fortran will come later!)
My learning, self-tutoring spree starts tomorrow with a little less time on my blog and more on LaTex itself. As they say, studying physics requires hard work, dedication and sacrifice; and I am prepared to give it all of those.
Over the next two months, I plan to have mastered LaTex (pronounced, Lay-tech) and C Programme in my Learning Operation I call LaTex and more.
Welcome back home!
[P.S. Should you want to read the eBook, So you want to be a physicist? which is absolutely reliable and extensively myth busting, you can take a look and download from my website. http://www.thescientificpapers.com]