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Callipygous
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Icon 1 posted January 19, 2004 06:43      Profile for Callipygous     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
but then neither it would appear is rocket science.

So what is the acme of glamorous scientific endeavour? Which branch of science leaves you most in awe of its practitioners, is the most intellectually demanding and/or exciting?

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Xanthine

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Icon 1 posted January 19, 2004 12:50      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Well, obviously I'm a bit partial to biochemistry but outside that, I tend to be most in awe of the people doing the things I could never be smart enough to do. Cosmology tends to leave my mouth hanging open, and theoretical physics (especially the more bleeding edge stuff) just makes my head spin. How do they come up with this stuff??

/me bows down to Hawking and his ilk

In terms of sheer adventure, I'm insanely jealous of the geologists who get to go on field trips. Too bad rocks never took the same sort of strangle-hold on my attention that RNA did.

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The Famous Druid

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Icon 1 posted January 19, 2004 13:14      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Knock knock.

Who's there?

FBI - you're under arrest, terrorist!

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Icon 1 posted January 19, 2004 13:45      Profile for Aditu     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I agree with Xanthine. I would love to work in astrophysics- particularly gravity waves or dark matter research. Or particle physics for that matter. To play on the accelerator at Fermi lab!! ::rubs hand in glee::
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Xanthine

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Icon 1 posted January 19, 2004 14:04      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by The Famous Druid:
Knock knock.

Who's there?

FBI - you're under arrest, terrorist!

Huh? I admire those who explore/explain the cosmos, not the dudes who build bombs! Though fission and fusion were both amazing insights...

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Icon 1 posted January 19, 2004 14:08      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
quote:
Originally posted by The Famous Druid:
Knock knock.

Who's there?

FBI - you're under arrest, terrorist!

Huh? I admire those who explore/explain the cosmos, not the dudes who build bombs! Though fission and fusion were both amazing insights...
Sorry X, that comment wasn't directed at you.

I just thought that in the current climate of paranoia, anyone putting up a web-page describing home production of 'explosives' risked some unwelcome attention from the authorities.

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Cap'n Vic

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quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
Well, obviously I'm a bit partial to biochemistry but outside that, I tend to be most in awe of the people doing the things I could never be smart enough to do. Cosmology tends to leave my mouth hanging open, and theoretical physics (especially the more bleeding edge stuff) just makes my head spin. How do they come up with this stuff??

/me bows down to Hawking and his ilk

In terms of sheer adventure, I'm insanely jealous of the geologists who get to go on field trips. Too bad rocks never took the same sort of strangle-hold on my attention that RNA did.

Speaking of Hawking how bizzare is this?

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Icon 1 posted January 19, 2004 16:37      Profile for illuminatus   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
nuclear physics perhaps?

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i tend to get really giddy over herpetology and entomology...the studies of reptiles/amphibians and insects, respectively. i enjoy getting up close and personal with the ickier animals on the planet.
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Icon 1 posted January 19, 2004 18:51      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Take a swing through a microbio lab then. They've got some lovelies. [Smile]

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I've been studying alchemy for 5 years. My college is by internet and only costs $4000/ yr - but when i graduate, I'll be able to turn lead into gold!
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I love with --
Engineering ! I know it's not a pure science but being an Electrical Engineer definitely foward biases me [Big Grin] . Give me a show or book about applied enginnering and I'm in my glory !!

In Awe of --
Mathematicians , the guys doing all the very theoretical stuff beyond Calculus and Diffy Q's.

Astrophisics, String Theory and Quantum stuff is definitely being done by some amazing people.

Dave

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