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Devac  ·  839 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Implication of Sabotage Adds Intrigue to Space-X Investigation

Exactly! Although to be fair, after doing some reading on more advanced physics I think it would be closer to the truth with addition "and if it moves then it behaves like a harmonic (or an anharmonic) oscillator". Seriously, it's both baffling and amazing that pretty much anything that deals with matter, energy exchange or radiation can be boiled down to a frigging pendulum with some extra terms to the equation and being put in a context.

So far it looks like the 'extra terms' and 'finding context' are the bulk of physicist's work. I don't know if I'll stay behind it a year or two from now, but that's definitely something I'll be pondering.

am_Unition  ·  837 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Apparently, anyone who understands the mathematics of generalizing small oscillations to a continuum can sell their soul to the oil companies and get to frackin'. There's other options too, and Satan himself breathes down my neck as I type this.

ButterflyEffect  ·  837 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Ugh. r/chemicalengineering basically goes full mast as oil and gas prices rise, it's disgusting. Sure, it's our cornerstone but there are so many alternative paths. Same thing for the mathematician/physicist.

bfv  ·  837 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Sure, it's our cornerstone but there are so many alternative paths. Same thing for the mathematician/physicist.

My school pushed everyone in math and mathematically inclined CS students towards computational finance/HFT hard. I wanted nothing to do with it, but a good chunk of my classmates did, and then 2007/8 happened and now I know some very well educated locksmiths, electricians and plumbers who never want to look at a graph again. Selling your soul can bite you.

ButterflyEffect  ·  837 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Are they happier now compared to when they were looking at graphs?

bfv  ·  837 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Happier than in 2007/8, beyond that I'd have to ask around and it'd probably vary. If you like external validation and/or measure success by the dollar, a big paycheck feels good.

Devac  ·  837 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I don't think I have to worry about it. My father's adventures in the private sector are basically a cautionary tale on their own.

Background: theoretical physics phd, main area of research in statistical physics, superconductors and porous materials.

Reason to go to private sector: about fifteen times better wage and there's a second kid on the way (aka me).

Reason to leave it: Sleep disorders, stress, ulcer and he was literally the only male in my family who could ever managed to get 'fat' (at least by comparison, I don't know of any other family where BMI ~27 would stand out like obesity… I wasn't joking when I told you sometime ago that I'm built like Grey Alien :P).

Long story short, while even after a decade he still has quite considerable savings left from the job, no-one thinks it was worth it.