All through my formal education in Physics I have seen a lot of people, including myself at one point, embarking on a mission to self-study physics. It is indeed a mission and a strenuous one at that. Physics is one of the fastest developing fields today, and because it is the oldest and has been the fastest developing field all through history, the amount of knowledge a student of physics has to learn to be able to justifiably comprehend the frontiers of research is greater than in any other field. This, on the one hand makes learning physics quite an enjoyment and accomplishment, and on the other it makes the task daunting and, almost certainly at some point down the road, discouraging.
Longtime Physics Forums member, micromass, about a week ago, wrote an “insight” article on the forum about self-studying physics/mathematics. Since I am about to begin rigorous self-studying sessions myself for the rest of this year, I decided to compile everything of note mentioned in the article as well as the ensuing discussion elsewhere on the Forum for future reference and ease for everyone who finds themselves in this position. By the time I compiled the discussions, I had poked around the rest of the Forum as well as leafed through older resources I had saved years ago and here they are in one tidy package.
1. Pick a topic, learn the maths
Funnily enough the first point comes from a Physics Stack Exchange question and mentions, briefly, the barebones approach that every other tip or suggestion is an altered form of. Continue reading
END-MARKS ARE A typographical feature, most probably derived from the technology and computer-science industry, that employs a use of a symbol, text or icon to signal the end of a piece of text to the reader.
Personally, I am a great fan of end-marks, and I was using them in my first blog at WordPress.com but things changed later and, (unless I manually inserted them every time,) I had no way of fitting one into my articles… until now!
As magazine features
If you have ever seen an end-mark before, it is probably in a magazine, at the end of every article (see picture below for examples.) Apart from being typographically good looking, these things serve to signal a more finished end to an article, much like a full stop does to a sentence. Once I managed to write a handful of code, I began employing end-marks on this website as my regular readers would probably have noticed.
As I said already, manually inserting end-marks after every article is a tedious job; but, on the other hand, it cannot always be fully automated either. For instance, Colin Temple has a great endmark plugin that appends an end-mark of your choice to your articles.
However, as I found out myself, if you have meddled with some of the code previously (or even if you have not, in some cases,) such as including certain sharing options after your blog post etc., the sharing buttons come wrapped into the main content division (they even do so native-ly on some themes) and you end up with an endmark after the sharing options, which can turn out to be awkward. Continue reading
I picture three kinds of people online wanting to read this article: the curious, the think-alike and the sceptic.
How a curious person may have stumbled upon this article (especially if he is not one of my regular readers) is beyond me. But this title is a catchy one and nobody can blame themselves for wanting to get a taste of what it represents.
I would hardly expect the sceptic to read this article. Indeed I believe it is justified if they are turned off simply by the very title that appeared singular to the curious minds!
As for the think-alike, these are my number-one target audience as far as this post is concerned. Of the 168,284,105 odd public blogs in existence (as of 0600 hours today) the number updated on a regular basis happens to fall, unfortunately, in the thousands. I once co-wrote an ebook detailing why it is important to blog often, largely blaming one’s responsibility for having claimed a certain part of the worldwide virtual network. It worked, until the download link broke and I realised I had no copy of the (good) work offline.
We can safely say that over half-a-million people who call themselves bloggers actually fall into this category which chants, ‘I don’t feel like blogging today!’
So now what?
The way I see it, this is a situation of being incapable of getting the horse to drink water. But, in this scenario, we can tell the horse why it ought to drink water! Continue reading
In all the years that I have been writing, I have seen many achievements including getting a novel finished up to the very last chapter and then starting a new one, writing a short quick drama for kids (the topic is of everybody’s age, and I was actually commissioned to write it,) and writing a number of well-received short stories and to top it all, being nominated for an internationally recognised award in english writing after a tense ten day camp and having discussions with prominent authors in Delhi, India. And all this led me to formulate five very important points that I believe any writer should incorporate. Perhaps some have already done it, perhaps some have not and perhaps there are some like me who preach them all but practice little. And as I explain to you those four points, I shall learn alongside you and adopt them. There will be change, gradually; you will see it. Continue reading