Tag: c

Learning LaTex and more

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. Click here: http://www.thescientificpapers.com]

Extracts from the Cynic’s Wordbook – Part IV – the letter C

Today is the day of the letter C. ’nuff said. Or maybe, ’nuff seen. Whatever that means. We’ve read through P, M and K. Read on.

  1. Cabbage – noun A familiar kitchen-garden vegetable about as large and wise as a man’s head.
  2. Calamity – noun A more than commonly plain and unmistakable reminder that the affairs of this life are not of our own ordering. Calamities are of two types: misfortune to ourselves and good fortune to others.
  3. Capital – noun The seat of misgovernment. That which provides the fire, the pot, the dinner, the table and the knife and fork for the anarchist.
  4. Censor – noun An officer of certain governments, employed to suppress the works of genius.
  5. Chemise – noun Don’t know what it means.
  6. Church – noun A place where the parson worships God and women worship the parson.
  7. Club – noun An association of men for purposes of drunkenness, gluttony, unholy hilarity, murder, sacrilege and the slandering of mothers, wives and sisters. For this definition I am indebted to several estimable ladies who have the best means of information, their husbands being members of several clubs.
  8. Comet – noun An excuse for being out late at night and going home drunk in the morning.
  9. Commerce – noun A kind of transaction in which A plunders from B the goods of C, and for compensation B picks the pocket of D of the money belonging to E.
  10. Confidant, confidante – noun One entrusted by A with the secrets of B,confided to him by C.


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