Friday, July 16, 2004

Here's the picture I talked about in the previous entry. And what do you know, it looks like they're maybe 5 centimeters long... Also, if you look closely you can make out the tiny flashes of color on the ends of the droplets. The beach was a lot of fun. For some reason I really enjoy being out on the beach during the brightest high noon (mad dogs and Englishmen?) - and when you think about it, it is a fairly rare type of place within the galaxy... It was also really nice to relax, see the family, and work on some side projects. Started writing up some string theory in latex, and I'm thinking that doing a numerical project with membranes would be a good idea, maybe get a paper out on it before I graduate. Seeing the equations really drives home that we are composed of mathematical structures. Speaking of potentially large-dimensional matrices, I also worked on my neural-net go-playing program, which I think will have at least 7 different indices. And I'm working on a follow-up to the primordial soup story which should be awesome.

It's been a busy week, but I've got some good analytical calculations for my paper done. One amusing thing I did was go to the math/physics library to get a resource for the calculation, and seeing Newton's principia made me stand back and look at all those books and appreciate how much has been done in the last couple hundred years. I spent a good couple hours going though books with interesting titles and reading bits in them. Exponential growth... Oh, and I went out with Katie at sunset and had sushi tonight, to celebrate her getting a job, and that was a lot of fun.

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