Don’t be afraid. I don’t have a valentine. Bah, I’m a physics amateur. We’re one of a kind. We don’t get one from the homo sapiens very easily. As I’ve told you before, we’re poor in working out with all you normal people…
Looking back, it’s been two years since I started learning Physics (out of interest, intuition & curiosity, of course), which goes beyond story-telling. I’m pretty much damn sure that I’ve changed a lot. No seriously, a lot! (am still changing!). Thanks to Physics, that it had a miraculous diversification of influence on me.
For the sake of repaying the debt (at least, by an infinitesimal amount), I take this as an opportunity to express my love towards it, and dedicate this artwork to my dear love…
Yeah, the whole image was drawn just by using a pen, and a paper (I mean, “hand-made”)…
Oh, you really want the answer in a word? Solitude. That’s all you want!
Cristian Mihai puts it quite cleverly…
“Solitude grants you this freedom, filling your mind with questions and answers and noise and stories.”
It’s true. Any artistic goal (whether its’ writing, drawing, footage or music) demands you to be alone. And, believe me, only because I’m alone, I can think & do all these things. Honestly, I didn’t come out of my room for two days (neglecting eating, bathing, brushing etc. stuff)…
How to get started?
I had this rule in mind. My videos shouldn’t be the kind of “lecturing” and stuff. I don’t want my face dancing around! It shouldn’t be the Khan-academy kind either, where you write & speak simultaneously. Instead, it’d be better if it were like Minute Physics or Doodle Science. You know, this “drawing & sketching” kind.
You may have already known that I haven’t blogged for a month. Partly because I’ve been busy with LaTeX (you know, my new hoax to “memorize”, and thereby sync myself with my racing mates), Mathematica simulations, and also with my online edX courses. Luckily, I got a mega-bunch of holidays from college, about a week or so (for a festival called “Pongal“). I thought of utilizing it (trying to be productive) unlike the last time, which was unsatisfactory
just as usual.
Actually, I was cramped in time during my vacation works, that it’s almost inexplicable…
Anyways, I’ll do my best. Somehow, as the vacation started, I got this urge to sink myself in gaming (gah, I haven’t gamed for an year). So, I was indulged in “gaming” for the first three days (Call of Duty, Medal of Honor series & Age of Mythology were my environments). I’ve to elaborate how the next half of the vacation kept me busy…
2013 has gone just like that. So, I thought I could post something before it leaves us forever. I’ve chosen “Brainfuck” for our today’s discussion. This language is something I’ve always wanted to write in my blog…
It’s an esoteric programming language, and if you have some idea on programming, it’s probably the easiest one I’ve ever seen. Because, it’s got only eight commands < > + – , . [ ]. As it’s esoteric in nature, it can’t be used for our regular programming purposes. But, it can always be used to convey some information like, output a simple “Hello world!” program, or say, throw Fibonacci numbers.
And, I meant “easiest” in the sense, that it’s the easiest to write. If you take understanding the program into account, life is really tough. Because, a brainfuck code is very difficult to visualize, being constructed entirely with eight symbols (and visualized only by using ASCII character encoding).
Honestly, “memorizing stuff” has been my hostile problem for the last two semesters or so. When I entered the college, I got disappointed a lot of times. Over the course of the first semester, I got lucky here and there, and somehow scored 75% in the final exams. Moreover, my interest in aeronautics didn’t experience an apocalypse that time. It was slowly shifting towards Physics, as disappointments pummeled over and over.
During the second semester (with formula numbers which kept on increasing spontaneously each week), somewhere in the middle, the transformation was complete. I can’t accept that I had been rote-learning all the time (especially during the exams) and tried to put an end to it, all of a sudden. I started shouting, ranting, complaining like a lunatic, to almost everyone who praised about our education. And, those activities had a backstabbing effect on my grades. I was stabbed down to 62%.
Today, I’ve prepared myself to expound a math problem. And yeah, this is the first time I’m introducing math into my blog. Before we get into that, you gotta believe me that I’m no “big guy” in math. I have some unsaturated background in math, which (as far as I know) is good enough to “understand” my amateur Physics (quite satisfactorily). If Physics is sorcery, then math is um, totally wicked. Both are fun and exceedingly enjoyable. Well usually, I don’t spend much of my brain-time dwelling inside math, but I do often go around and read posts written by others.
Every month, one or two posts loom into the crowd and attracts my mind in some way. Within hours, they become a vote-magnet. I’m way too sure that that’s due to the modesty of the answerer, especially the elegance of the solution he has brought upfront. So, I thought I could selectively bring those here, where I can write a bit more about it. No, I’m not just copy-pasting stuff. Like I said, I’ll blog about those, only if I feel like having some of my own enhancements to the existing solution.
So, math posts are gonna be a part of my future posts. Don’t worry, they won’t be complicated at all. They’d be very easy, just like the squeeze of a toothpaste. And mind you, there exist numerous solutions to a specific problem, because it’s math. It’s crazy. But like I said, these are somewhat attractive, in the sense that an elegant generalization comes out at last.
This experiment is something I always wanna do, at home. I’m aware that it’s very unlikely and ordeal, but it was still worth a try. Because, the principle itself is almost certainly counter-intuitive.
Can hot water freeze faster than cold water?
Yep, it’s a defiance to everyone’s intuition. But, that’s the whole point of this dull phenomena. You say, “Ugh.. How in the hell can something happen like that?” But, what if it does? Definitely something staggering. Right? To caress your curiosity, it has happened. Not once or twice. But, an overwhelming gazillion times. Although this wizardly effect has some interesting that dates back to centuries, however it was first demonstrated by Mpemba in the 1960s, and by that, this bloody thing got a name. It’s the Mpemba effect. I sense that you’re still on the brink of believing and not believing.