|Re: Lorentz transformations|
Message #13 Posted by Ron Allen on 28 May 2007, 7:03 p.m.,
in response to message #12 by Anthony L. Mach
Hi, Plastic Guy,
I catch the connection - recycle, guy (male persuasion) well-read in physics and astro physics self educated for the most part. You are the epitome of my definition of a student. That person who somehow realizes that a large part of their education is dependent on a qualified faculty with reasonable resources (library, visiting professors, an inspirational environment all focused on the customers, the student base. Yet they are more dependent on themselves setting goals, finding ways to make every course interesting, partipating in and out of the classroom, socializing with other individuals and groups, taking advantage of what resources they have and expanding resources by access through other means such as the internet. Sure, you'll have to take some structured courses for basic liberal eduation, but the real student taking the opportunity to become a better-educated individual will study some of Shakespear's plays along with the English majors instead of survey courses mandated and designed to meet minimum degree requirements. I am a strong advocate for a minimum exposure to liberal arts and science degree at the BS or BA level with graduate study at the professional or specialty level.
A BS will get you a stacks pass at the library, a better chance to audit classes you want to sit for, a chance for graduate school and the opportunity to contribute to the alumni fund along with the chance to get in line for a pair of season tickets. Liberal arts will make you a better Supreme Court Justice, Holistic MD, Teacher, Writer or, as indicated, a well-educated person probably parking cars at your favorite Restaurant.
I have to tell you that like you, I went BACK to college and found it to be a real challenge because of time constraints, but I managed to squeak into first place by something like a hundredth of a point for graduation.
Best of luck, Prof.