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Long Term Focus for Knowledge Workersby the end of the year. Book is still the goal, and I have around 100+ pages already. But I realised that I'll have to do some experimentation first before I can publish a bit less crapy book. So in 2022, I'll try to host a few online courses on the topic of
Long Term Focus. We'll see how that goes.So did that PhD stressing do me any good? Actually yeah. In fact, a lot. I know or pretend to know what my PhD topic will be. Sth. Along the lines of
Transfer maps for ion dynamics in mass spectrometry(if this tells you anything). I like to joke that I now have the title and the direction. Now I just have to do the PhD. Or more like keep my emotions in check and not do another 360. On doing pirouettes and doing illogical stuff. Apparently, I should stop suppressing that I'm a physicist in my newsletters even more. I know I said this before, but yeah, it wasn't until recently that a few of my new online friends explained this to me in a way that I actually understood 🙂 So first attempt:
Mathematician's Apology, Hardy writes how he sees no practical use of numbers theory and general relativity. That was 1941. In 1945 we had the first atom bomb and well first significant "application" of relativity, ... At first glance, one would say that Numbers theory wasn't used in applicable fields till much later. But in fact, during WWII, Turing and colleges at Bletchley Park, UK, actually already developed the first serious computer named Colossus . Colossus was used to decrypt messages that Nazis encrypted with Enigma. The designs used some of the ideas from numbers theory. The joke goes: To decrypt Enigma, you need to know only how to greet one man. In German! More in The Imitation Game movie.A few year's later (1974), Donald Knuth (BTW inventor of Latex) said:...virtually every theorem in elementary number theory arises in a natural, motivated way in connection with the problem of making computers do high-speed numerical calculations.Hardy passed away in 1947. And little did he know how wrong he was with his predictions of future applicability of basic science. Hardy might have been an influential mathematician of his time. Still, like all of us, he fell under the cognitive bias in some sense. He failed to see that maybe future generations would find the applications for his work in ways he couldn't imagine. Quite soon, in fact, before his death. So are you failing to recognise what the future might hold? Hope our future isn't NTF 's, though, but hey, I'll say that maybe they are, so I don't get called out in 100 years.Cheers.ZigaP.s. If anyone knows where to get Littlewood's
Adventures in ballisticslet me know. He describes some of the stories in the books that he experienced during WWI when calculating ballistics for the British military.P.s.s. Oh, and pre-newsletter writing procrastination on YouTube is also back. So all good. Apparently, one only has to start writing. Then it's easy. Who knew?
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