Tue, Feb 17, 2009, 4:16pm Math/Physics/Etc Group Study
Education » Internet-Based
've got a pile of math, physics and computer books that I've been meaning to get through, but I would prefer to go through them with someone likewise interested. If you're up for an experiment, I'd like to pick a book to study with someone, or a group, and at the same time I'd like to develop web resources to make it an experience where no one feels like they are being dragged down by the use of the internet as the medium. All the book discussion sites I've seen out there are almost completely useless for reading or studying a book as a group, so this is no small trick.

The discussion itself could be private, since the learning process is often a humble one that you might not want posted on the internet, or viewable by the public, perhaps using pseudonyms, so that we could also gather useful comments from the peanut gallery as we go along.

I'm open to suggestions for topics and texts. The books I have burning a hole in my bookshelf currently are on differential geometry, mathematical physics, topology, number theory, group theory, computational physics, quantum field theory, general relativity, and various other areas. I'd also be interested in totally different things, such as philosophy. We'd just have to find something that is mutually interesting.

(BTW, while the topics may seem intimidating, the discussion itself would be free of big egos or any incentive to do anything but all help each other to get to an intuitive understanding of the subject. The goal would be to make even hard-seeming topics approachable.)

  • wiremu elliott (Mon, August 3rd, 2009, 1:37am UTC)
    kia ora

    Have you had ant takers? i've just seen your blog through a couple of other blogs — i think.

  • Jeff (Tue, August 4th, 2009, 4:14am UTC)
    Kia ora! (My new vocab for the day, in Māori no less)

    No takers yet, but in the mean time I keep making plans for creating a decent discussion infrastructure.

  • X (Sun, December 27th, 2009, 10:55am UTC)
    Sounds like a cool idea.

  • Daniel (Sun, December 27th, 2009, 10:55am UTC)
    How do we reach you?

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