## digitalmars.D.announce - Only a true nerd...

- Walter Bright <newshound1 digitalmars.com> Dec 11 2008
- Knud Soerensen <4tuu4k002 sneakemail.com> Dec 11 2008
- "Bill Baxter" <wbaxter gmail.com> Dec 11 2008
- Wolfgang Draxinger <wdraxinger darkstargames.de> Dec 16 2008
- Gregor Richards <Richards codu.org> Dec 11 2008
- Walter Bright <newshound1 digitalmars.com> Dec 11 2008
- "Bill Baxter" <wbaxter gmail.com> Dec 11 2008

... would dare to wear a Maxwell's Equations t-shirt. http://www.cafepress.com/digitalmars

Dec 11 2008

Walter Bright wrote:... would dare to wear a Maxwell's Equations t-shirt. http://www.cafepress.com/digitalmars

I actually had a t-shirt which said God said: <insert Maxwell's equation> and there was light But I would not were it today when I know that Maxwell's equations don't describe all electromagnetic experiments. See http://www.scribd.com/doc/4445/quaternionic-electrodynamics -- Crowdnews.eu - a social news site based on sharing instead of voting. Follow me on CrowdNews http://crowdnews.eu/users/addGuide/42/

Dec 11 2008

On Fri, Dec 12, 2008 at 6:28 AM, Knud Soerensen <4tuu4k002 sneakemail.com> wrote:Walter Bright wrote:... would dare to wear a Maxwell's Equations t-shirt. http://www.cafepress.com/digitalmars

I actually had a t-shirt which said God said: <insert Maxwell's equation> and there was light But I would not were it today

I was thinking the same thing. Maybe it's something that seems more appealing to a college student just learning that stuff, but to me it seems like a fairly boring old set of differential equations now.when I know that Maxwell's equations don't describe all electromagnetic experiments.

Well, that wasn't quite my reason.See http://www.scribd.com/doc/4445/quaternionic-electrodynamics

Interesting. The other interesting developement these days seems to be describing things using the math of differential forms and/or geometric algebra. Instead of div grad curl, and all that. Hmm the biquaternions in your reference seem to be related to this... I see both "geometry algebra" and "biquaternions" associated with "Clifford algebra" in google searches. Don't really understand all that stuff myself, but I'm interested in learning more. The SIGGRAPH course notes for the Discrete Differential Geometry course have a paper by Desbrun on differential forms that I was reading through the other day. http://www.geometry.caltech.edu/pubs/GSD06.pdf Here's a quote I just found: """ The elegance of geometric algebra is clearly evident in that fact that Maxwell's equations become a single equation in this algebra. """ http://jtauber.com/blog/2004/03/27/geometric_algebra/ And here's that equation, apparently: http://upload.wikimedia.org/math/2/a/8/2a875588f083c9242880671dc49ed8d0.png Maybe it doesn't make for quite as interesting a T-shirt though... but still it puts you one-up over those guys wearing Maxwell's equations written in component form. That's sooo passe. And any run-of-the-mill nerd recognizes the component form. To be a true uber-elite nerd you need to wear the geometric algebra Maxwell's equation. Heh. You make that shirt, and I just might buy it. :-) --bb

Dec 11 2008

Bill Baxter wrote:And here's that equation, apparently:

Yeah, that's the covariant formulation of the maxwell equation, where F is the electromagnetic metric tensor. And it doesn't really scare me, it's what german physics students do in their 2nd year. Wolfgang Draxinger -- E-Mail address works, Jabber: hexarith jabber.org, ICQ: 134682867

Dec 16 2008

Would wear a T-shirt with a formalization of the Order of Urinals[1] on it. http://www.cafepress.com/bizarregeek.318179787 - Gregor Richards [1] The Order of Urinals is the algorithm all men implicitly and subconsciously use upon entering a bathroom to determine which urinal to use.

Dec 11 2008

Gregor Richards wrote:[1] The Order of Urinals is the algorithm all men implicitly and subconsciously use upon entering a bathroom to determine which urinal to use.

Did you ever see the movie "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover" ? It was a terrible, awful movie, but there was one scene that I burst out laughing at. It was the scene in the bathroom. My date was perplexed, obviously not knowing the Code of the Urinal. They were situated in a circle in that bathroom, so you had no choice but to look at the other men using it. I suppose a movie can't be all bad if it pried one good laugh out of me <g>.

Dec 11 2008

On Fri, Dec 12, 2008 at 4:00 PM, Gregor Richards <Richards codu.org> wrote:Would wear a T-shirt with a formalization of the Order of Urinals[1] on it. http://www.cafepress.com/bizarregeek.318179787 - Gregor Richards [1] The Order of Urinals is the algorithm all men implicitly and subconsciously use upon entering a bathroom to determine which urinal to use.

What does it mean when it says "if U=U_t then error"? Is that when you get confused and accidentally pee on another guy? --bb

Dec 11 2008