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# Quantum Mechanic

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1. ## A New Trigonometry

For those that may have noticed, the spread between 2 lines is simply the square of the sine of the angle between them. So as y_feldblum states, classical trig is using rational trig implicitly. Oh and Franklin, your response is one of the most unscientific and intellectually dishonest things I've ever read. Read the first chapter before making such jaw-dropping [ingly inccorect] comments.
2. ## Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle

John Conway, a brilliant mathematician based out of Princeton, has forwarded a theory that free will is a consequence of quantum uncertainty. Doesn't make it a correct theory mind you, but interesting and topical nonetheless.
3. ## A New Trigonometry

According to Wildberger, one doesn't need more than high school math to understand the rest of his book. But keep in mind mathematicians have a terrible habit of thinking they are clearer at explaining things than they actually are. I recommend strong algebraic skills, and at least a basic understanding in mathematical logic and proof writing. Along with a little faith (ie, accepting a proof as true when you don't really understand it), you should be able to get through no problem. And some chapters are quite unrelated to others (for instance, there's a chapter on calculating things like volumes in complex physical systems, and another devoted to projective goemetry), so one is able to skip over much of the material the first time through. Well worth the rather pricey \$80. Regards QM
4. ## A New Trigonometry

No, it's quite a bit deeper than that. These concepts of spread and quadrance aren't terribly interesting in normal Euclidean space. But when you apply them to completely arbitrary fields and vector spaces, some very powerful results follow. This generalization is called "universal geometry" and is the main subject of Wildberger's book. The first chapter is merely an introduction to rational trig, and is not to be understood as the point of the book.
5. ## A New Trigonometry

Hello all. It's been a while since I've posted here, but I just came across this thread. I'm currently presenting a 4-part introduction to Rational Trig for my senior level Seminar Course in pure mathematicis. For those even a little interested in this stuff, let me tell you it has the potential to completely revolutionize the way we think about geometry. For those that have dabbled in the higher level maths (in particular geometry), they have no doubt come into the grandiose question of axiomatics, initially proposed by Hilbert. Wildberger makes some very controversial claims about these axiomatics, but it is my belief that he has potentially developed the framework to settle this debate once and for all. Specifically, I am interested in the application of this so-called 'Universal' geometry to projective geometry and field theory. It really is a pleasure to learn about, and I highly recommend it! I'm even thinking of a Master's thesis proposal related to the subject. Best regards, QM

7. ## Tom Cruise And Nausea

He's obviously smitten with his new love interest. That's fine. I don't care. What DOES bother me is his public denounciation of psychiatry. The effects of certain chemical imbalances on the brain and the corresponding medical treatments have been shown in medical science time and time again. Maybe once he completes half a decade of med school I could take his opinions on the matter seriously.
8. ## House M.d.

I saw the two episodes of House a few weeks ago (back to back episodes). The first "Housism" he quipped rendered me a House addict. This show is outstanding. Never have I seen a show where the role of reason is so prominent. The acting and writing is superb and the dialogue is some of the cheeckiest stuff I've ever come across. The combines the best elements of a comedy and a drama and in my opinion is the best show I've seen on television in half a decade. Highly recommended! Fortunately I don't need Rand's approval to enjoy sarcasm!
9. ## Star Wars: Episode Three

I agree with Source. I found the movie atrocious and I'm a sci fi fanatic. It was the first film in a long while I actually felt like walking out of. Everytime dialogue took place between Padme and Anakin, or Anakin and Palpatine, I felt like chomping down on the popcorn kernels in my lap. The action and CGI were top notch as always, but I just wish for once that Lucas would hire a real script writer.
10. ## Walking Tall

If someone is caught with drugs, it does not follow that representatives of the law are morally justified in destroying his property.
11. ## Walking Tall

Interesting movie review! But I gotta go with Occams Razor here. Do you think the writers and producers of this movie had these themes in mind, or do you think they attempted to milk a mediocre franchise from the 70s and the very mediocre acting talents of Rock? I found the movie dull, uninspired, absurdist, and downright silly (ie the scene where the local baddes shoot up the local Sherrif station). And what was with the Rock's character completely destroying that guy's truck because he suspected criminal activity? If I want to see the indestructability of the Good, I'll watch LoTR. Cheers
12. ## A Critique Of Objectivist Ethics

Thanks for the replies. I will start sorting through the critiques of the critique and reread all the Objecticanon on ethics.