Thursday, March 22, 2012

Dissertation diary 1

It has been a tough one month, but I am glad things are settling back down. After the first two conferences in late January and February, just as I was beginning to properly write the paragraphs that will form the first chapter of my dissertation, an accident happened that set me back by two weeks. However, I am happy to report that I have since recovered and am proceeding and slowly on my way. Now is the hardest part of this chapter as I am putting together the important theoretical knowledge I will need to buffer any argument I would make. It is easy to feel dumb when you have to work through a lot of unfamiliar (and half-forgotten) mathematical processes to arrive at a systematic way of organizing a physical state or phenomena, but I am happy to note that as I write notes and write short unconnected sentences (even doing some derivations), I am beginning to see how they all come together. Bohr, Einstein, Heisenberg, Schroedinger, Dirac, Pauli, Feynman, Gell-Mann -> the connection running through their work- > correspondence between the classical and quantum theory, QM operators, forms of matrices, groups, fields and integrals.

Let's see where else can this go.

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