aproustian42

aproustian42

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17 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Scienc... · 0 replies · +5 points

oh good! since I've learned so many words from reading I never know when I've picked up weird pronunciation habits :P

17 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Scienc... · 4 replies · +7 points

does anyone else always sound it out like "wissy-wig", or is that just me?

18 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Scienc... · 3 replies · +15 points

The "solar system atom" is actually one of my favorite lies that we use (or, as I like to call them instead of lies, "model"). It seems to make so much sense! Newtons's law of gravitation is G Mm/r^2, Coulomb's law of electrostatics is k Qq/r^2, shouldn't they produce the same result?? Of course, reality isn't that nice, and the real kicker is that IF you had an atom that was an electron orbiting a proton, it would literally decay in a burst of light almost instantly. The universe, if this lie were true, would be nothing but light and free, individual particles.

But I don't mind when people use this lie, because the better model we have, using quantum mechanics, while glorious and beautiful, is also extremely complex and hard to visualize. Electrons are smeared around the space outside of the proton...ok...and that smear is actually probability of finding it there when you measure...uh... (The math to deal with all this, though, I promise, is actually quite fun once you get the hang of it).

19 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Scienc... · 0 replies · +5 points

Yeah, I've actually never read the Science of Discworld before! Which is funny since I'm a scientist and a huge (obviously) Discworld fan.

19 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Thief of T... · 0 replies · +1 points

Yeah, Thief of Time doesn't break my top ten, but it's at 14 (below Lords & Ladies and above Moving Pictures).

20 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Thief of T... · 0 replies · +9 points

This is so interesting because to me it's always felt like this obvious thing--she was many, and she's synthesized into one. Myria into Unity.

But your interpretation is interesting too!

20 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Thief of T... · 5 replies · +3 points

I can't check the text right now, but I thought she said something about safety in numbers after making the connection of LeJean = legion?

20 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Thief of T... · 0 replies · +19 points

I didn't know this! And it makes the book work better for me, because tbh I'm usually annoyed that Pratchett didn't include like one more scene with Soak earlier or just a little bit more foreshadowing so it didn't seem so out of the blue. The meta-level surprise of it makes the in-book level surprise more palatable.

20 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Thief of T... · 10 replies · +8 points

I think my favorite reveal here is that Unity was not just a single auditor put into a human body, but MANY auditors. They thought they'd be safer in greater number, but instead--she becomes human-like even faster, acclimates even better. I don't know why this happens (although I'd love to hear people's theories), but it's just a detail that delights me.

21 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Thief of T... · 0 replies · +15 points

I love, so much, being a twin with hatstand4510. We never had sympathetic pains (although once in elementary school someone hit my sister's arm and asked me if it hurt; she then hit his arm and asked his friend if it hurt...) or twin language although once I was older and learned about the latter I desperately wished we had! But we have a strong connection nonetheless.

Actually, in high school we researched black holes and gave presentations on it to the three different physics classes; I presented to class A, hatstand4510 presented to class B, and we both presented to class C. The teacher afterwards told us that it had been indistinguishable between presentations with one of us and with both of us, because we were so perfectly smooth at stopping and taking over for each other.