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12:24 AM
hey guys
just saying hello, today will be my quasi free day, so might just hang out and lurk a bit :D

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2:22 AM
@Blue One thing that I really like about Abraham Marsden is that is its very self contained unlike Arnold, which needs a good bit of familiarity of differential geometry notation(I feel notation is a big thing to get a hold of differential geometry)

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7:09 AM
morning

@Slereah u didn't respond to my challenge

which

Is it the whole QFT as a worldline thing

something like that
but on $\infty$-stacks

7:14 AM
What is a $\infty$-stack
Is that the famous stack
to exchange
on stackexchange

It's a sheaf with values in $\infty$-groupoids

Alas I'm not gr8 on category theory
Do u know a thing, btw
Does the worldline formalism actually reproduce QFT
I wonder because there's that whole thing about how the perturbation theory thing doesn't run over every possible state

Tangential fact: Prior to stackexchange.com there was a coding-related Q&A site called expertsexchange.com
which people used to call expert sexchange.com
alas they hyphenated it at some point

Like perturbation theory does the sin of exchanting the sum and integral

@Slereah I know staggeringly little about QFTs if that wasn't clear from my challenge

7:17 AM
BUSTED

indeed

Speaking of worldline formalism
I am learning aboot point particle BRST quantization
(STILL)
It is not an easy task
what with the general covariance

I have heard of BRST cohomology

Apparently the big difference between the Goto-Nambu action and the Polyakov one is that the mass-shell constraint is first class and second class in them or something
I am v. bad at constraints

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8:47 AM
Yo @BalarkaSen

Hey

What's up

Not much; I fly to Bangalore tomorrow

Ahhh nice nice. All the best at ISI

Thanks
How's symplectic geometry going, @Albas?

8:57 AM
Doing lie brackets right now, will slowly reach there
I was thinking about something. When we talk about vector bundles, we say that locally the preimage of a point should have the vector space structure. It might not yield anything much but can having the structure be an infinite dimensional vector space lead to anything interesting

You can do that

Though I do understand how a symplectic group structure comes from Hamiltons equations of motion and canonical transforms

That is precisely what I don't know :)

9:17 AM
Sorry @BalarkaSen but I am not well versed with it and hence I wont be able to take an attempt to explain it

No worries, tell me when you understand it better

The basic idea I think is that the jacobian is a symplectic matrix
We use that to obtain a symplectic group structure from the canonical transform

Aha
Jacobian of a canonical transform?

Yea

You can have fibers that are infinite dimensional
The tensor bundle is an example
Also whatever fiber continuous spin representations have
or the Hilbert bundle

9:57 AM
I found an English translation of Lemaitre's paper on "Quaternions and Elliptic Spaces" which I am reading now because google led me down a rabbithole

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11:52 AM
I have just succeeded in upgrading the CPU in my desktop PC to one considerably faster than Dell officially supports, and (so far) it hasn't burst into flames and exploded. A good morning's work I feel :-)

@bolbteppa Did you go through Kubiznak's lectures on the Perimeter site? Are they good (in terms of content)? I was watching the first lecture from 2015-2016's PSI and he seems to be following L&L and Arnold. Seems nice so far

12:46 PM
@JohnRennie Hi, I hope my message finds you well. If you're around today, I wanted to ask a question about one of your posts, thanks a lot in advance.

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2:53 PM
@user929304 Hi, I'm around now for a couple of hours.

@JohnRennie Great, thanks for getting back to me. First I had a somewhat dumb question to sanity check if I ve correctly understood how motion along time axis and spatial axes get mixed when spacetime is no longer flat
@JohnRennie So is it correct that, even if we may not be accelerating, and simply having a constant spatial velocity (say 1/3 of speed of light), then time in our frame evolves more slowly compared to if we were at 0 speed (spatially)? In other words, it doesn't have to be accelerated motion for motion along time axis to be slower than speed of light.
I guess im making a mistake in that if the spacetime is curved, we must be in acceleration by definition, right? Meaning if ever there's a discussion of time "slowing down" or ticking faster, it goes without saying that the object of interest is in a gravitational field and as such experiencing accelerated motion.

@user929304 have a look at this question. Although it might not appear to be directly relevant, in the answer I give a geometrical description of why different observers disagree about the time axis:
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Suppose we have two twins travelling away from each other, each twin moving at some speed $v$: Twin $A$ observes twin $B$’s time to be dilated so his clock runs faster than twin $B$’s clock. But twin $B$ observes twin $A$’s time to be dilated so his clock runs faster than twin $A$’s clock. Eac...

The mixing of the time and space axes occurs even in flat spacetime. It doesn't require any curvature.

@JohnRennie Oh! Exactly what I was trying to get, so I always understood "flat" as time axis being orthogonal to spatial ones, consequently, motion along spatial axes will not influence motion along time axis. But I guess what you mean is that, because the four velocity is conserved and always equals speed of light, if we are on flat spacetime, that is, e.g. when experiencing constant velocity motion in space, time our clock measures is slower than it would be if we were at 0 velocity spatially?

3:09 PM
Your clock, i.e. the clock you are holding, always runs at the same speed of one second per second. But when you observe clocks moving relative to you in your coordinates they will be running slower than one second per second.
That's because what you consider the time axis is not what the moving clocks consider their time axis to be.

@JohnRennie I just read the linked post, clarified a lot for me already. Why do the chosen directions of time is different between the three? if they are all moving along the x-axis, then they are constantly moving in a direction orthogonal to time axis, what is here making the definition of actual time axis different for each party?
@JohnRennie Aha! so in my frame im at rest and by definition my clock ticks at 1 sec per sec, but what if Im in accelerated motion? such as falling from a mountain, then do I still measure on my clock 1 second per second?

@user929304 I don't know of a really intuitive explanation for why the time axes differ. You can show very easily that they must differ by crunching through a bit of maths. If you haven't already seen it I do this in:
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Please will someone explain what time dilation really is and how it occurs. There are lots of questions and answers going into how to calculate time dilation, but none that give an intuitive feel for how it happens.

@user929304 in your frame your clock always ticks at one second per second, regardless of whether your frame is inertial or accelerated.

@JohnRennie then how can the four-velocity I measure in my frame be conserved? is it because by saying "in my frame" it is assumed that I am at rest spatially?

Your frame is, by definition, the frame in which you are at rest (usually at the origin). So your 4-velocity in your frame is $(c, 0, 0, 0)$.

3:24 PM
@JohnRennie oh I see, makes sense. Then to follow the reasoning, when we send a shuttle with people on it to space, say the shuttle goes at a constant speed +v relative to us (so no acceleration, to simply things), then in our reference frame on earth, we measure their spatial speed to be +v and consequently their velocity in time (according to us) must be slower for the four-velocity to be conserved, and we call this observation: time is dilated for them. Is this about right?

Yes, that's basically it

@JohnRennie great! but they in their frame (i.e. the shuttle s frame) measure in turn our velocity in time on earth to be slower, so from their point of view, they are at rest and the earth system is experiencing dilated time. But why do we say then that when they come back they ll have aged less...?

@user929304 See this question:
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The paradox in the twin paradox is that the situation appears symmetrical so each twin should think the other has aged less, which is of course impossible. There are a thousand explanations out there for why this doesn't happen, but they all end up saying something vague like it's because one tw...

I feel i am missing a big point... :(

why is length contracted and not expanded?
geogebra.org/graphing/s34v3zpg this is my spacetime diagram, which i think is right

3:29 PM
The twin paradox necessarily involves accelerated motion and that changes the way the time dilation is calculated.

@JohnRennie ohhh! maybe that s what I was missing then! So if there s no accelarated motion and there s only constant relative motion at play between the two frames, we do measure relative time dilations but neither ages faster or slower, right? I guess acceleration somehow introduces an asymmetry.

each sees the other as younger
they are allowed to disagree because they are far away from each other

@zounds Lorentz contraction isn't a contraction! See:
12

Lorentz contraction is easy to understand once you realise that it is not a contraction at all. Instead it is a rotation and the length of the object, or more precisely its proper length, doesn't change at all. To see this take the usual example of a rod of length $2a$ aligned along the $x$ axis...

@user929304 correct

@JohnRennie my question, i guess is about the assymetry of time and space here

@zounds It is?

3:33 PM
if you look at the diagram i linked,

Great, so as long as constant relative speed is at hand, we have the scenario
as you described in your post with different definitions of north. Last bit of pestering if I may, is there any intuition for how "accelerated motion" introduces an asymmetry?

we take the "relativistic time" as being the y-value of a point, but the "relativistic length" as being where the time axis intersects our space axis

@user929304 if you observe my time then what that means is you measure my time in your coordinate system. The time dilation changes the mapping between our two coordinate systems, which is we we disagree about the time.
What acceleration does is change your coordinate system so that your coordinates become curved.
So even if you and I are (momentarily) stationary relative to each other, if you are accelerating then we will disagree about the time because your acceleration has caused the coordinates you are using to measure my time to be curved.
The trouble is that this is complicated, and while it seems intuitive to me that's only because I've been studying it so long. I'm sure it isn't intuitive to you.
@user929304 if you look at that last question I linked I go through the maths to show this, but I have to admit it's a bit short on intuition.

@JohnRennie indeed it is very hard to get a grip about :( So I guess, only if there's acceleration involved, then one sees the other s frame as curved (though in my frame Im still at rest and clock ticks 1 sec per sec), and experience time evolution differently
@JohnRennie Thanks a lot, I promise to go through it. Is it fair to say that if we sent out shuttles to space but only at constant speed relative to us on earth, then there would be no twin paradox once they return, because we'll have aged with equal pace?

Mathematically an accelerated frame is very like the situation where you are hovering near a black hole i.e. to really understand it requires some of the concepts used in general relativity.
@user929304 the shuttles can't return if they travel at constant speed. To return they must have decelerated to a stop then accelerated back towards us.
A return trip necessarily involved acceleration

3:43 PM
@JohnRennie ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! im so silly, I see what you mean!!! Neat!
@JohnRennie so with constant relative motion, time dilation (disagreement between clocks) is relative, but with accelerated motion the disagreement is "real" because one will have actually aged differently?

Yes. And that's due to the asymmetry in the acceleration. Only one of the twins has accelerated.

@JohnRennie great! I admit, I feel like I have both understood and still very puzzled at the same time :)

@user929304 it is basically hard to understand.
The funny thing is that after you've understood it then it seems obvious :-)

@JohnRennie I can only wish that day comes for me... :(

It's like riding a bicycle in a way, once you get the knack for it you wonder how you could ever have found it difficult.
@user929304 are you at school or university?

3:48 PM
@JohnRennie I am at university but I dont study physics, I read physics just for myself, hence all these naive questions sadly :/

Ah, OK. The problem is that we physicists are very familar with the maths involved, but if you don't have that background the maths is a real obstacle.
Really you need to learn the maths and get to the point where you easily calculate time dilations, and then you'll find suddenly you understand them!

indeed! I try to catch up but it is very slow.. I also get easily lost by the terminology at play often, proper time, coordinate time, time-like, ... etc.

@JohnRennie "The problem is that we physicists are very familar with the maths involved" Hmmmmmmm 🤔

@user929304 yes, you tend to get swamped by the detail. This happens to all of us and the only solution is to keep bashing your head against it :-)

@JohnRennie Speaking of four-velocity being conserved, applying this to photons, given they move through space at speed of light, can we say that a photon is by definition at rest in time? :)
@JohnRennie haha I promise to keep at it, the struggle is enjoyable!

3:52 PM
@BalarkaSen out, damned spot mathematician!
@user929304 photons do not have a rest frame. You'll find that if you attempt a coordinate transformation into the rest frame of a photon (or anyhting travelling at the speed of light) the transformation becomes singular.
This crops up over and over again in questions on the site. It is meaningless to ask about the time experienced by a photon.

@JohnRennie Right, oh so if there s no definable rest frame, we cannot speak of time evolution meaningfully?

what if they're siamese twins

it would be very painful
...for you

you're a big guy

3:56 PM
:D

The twin paradox is really pretty easy to solve with GR
Hell for globally hyperbolic spacetimes you can prove it for all spacetimes and observers!
since timelike geodesics are minimal then

not sure how much utility you're gonna get out of trying to explain the Twin Paradox to a beginner by invoking globally hyperbolic spacetimes lol

It's not a paradox! If you want a paradox ask a set theorist. They have lots to spare! :-)

Well if you're a beginner and you still don't get the twin paradox after all that's on the internet, take it on faith maybe :p

"What's a Globally Hyperbolic Spacetime?" "Well you see little Timmy, when you have a spacetime that can be foliated by Cauchy surfaces, you have a globally hyperbolic spacetime"

4:00 PM
Globally hyperbolic spacetimes are the boring spacetimes

they admit a Hamiltonian formulation of GR so maybe they're the fun spacetimes
don't discriminate bro

You know
I still don't know if that's true
I mean
It is true
But I don't know if the converse is true
Hamiltonian GR is a complicated topic

but you don't know if they're the only spacetimes that can be formulated that way?

yeah

@user929304 time evolution means some process that is mapped onto a time axis. Your time axis is a perfectly good time axis for measuring or calculating time evolution, so there's no problem calculating time evolution of photons. What you can't do is try and work in the rest frame of the photon.

4:02 PM
yeah, I'm not sure either, but the treatments of Hamiltonian GR invariably start off by assuming Global Hyperbolicity

I do know that at least if it's globally hyperbolic the development is unique
Which might be the issue
But I have seen some people use Hamiltonian GR for non-globally hyperbolic spacetimes

@JohnRennie Makes sense thanks! Last question for time being if I may, can we say that an object in a gravitational field, always experiences accelerated motion? (i.e. irrespective of the chosen reference frame of the observer)

perhaps within some region there's a local Hamiltonian formulation
@user929304 in GR a freely falling body experiences no acceleration, this includes freely falling bodies under the influence of gravity

@user929304 Sadly not. The only unambiguous measurement of acceleration that can be assigned to an observer is their four-acceleration, sometimes called proper acceleration.

@enumaris well every spacetime has a globally hyperbolic neighbourhood around every point

4:06 PM
If you are falling freely in a gravitational field then your four-acceleration is zero. The astronauts in the International Space Station are falling freely in the Earth's gravitational field and that's why they are weightless i.e. their four-acceleration is zero.

@Slereah yeah, that's just the statement that spacetimes are manifolds right

Pretty much

so if you just go to a specific coordinate system around some point you can probably do some Hamiltonian stuff

But you and I, sitting stationary on the surface of the Earth, have non-zero acceleration and that's why we aren't weightless.

Well, I think the metric has to be $C^2$ or something
So that you can define a convex normal neighbourhood

4:08 PM
hmmm

$C^0$ metric spacetimes act pretty weirdly

@JohnRennie exactly, but can we ever have a zero four acceleration if we are in a graviational field?

@user929304 yes, just jump off a cliff. While you're falling freely your four-acceleration is zero.
... though not for long :-)

I worry not about $C^0$ metrics
Everything is analytic to me
as all things should be

Everything analytic isn't great either
You can't have metrics defined on a compact region then

4:11 PM
no big deal

@JohnRennie aha :) So if my four acceleration is zero (i.e. free fall) I experience a flat spacetime?

Having metrics Minkowski except in a compact region is a nice thing to have for proofs

eh

@user929304 correct, and in fact that's a very important principle in GR. If you are falling freely then your local area of spacetime appears to you to be flat.

then let them be $C^\infty$

4:12 PM
Smooth is fine
ALTHOUGH
Thin shell
is nice

let them eat cake

$C^0$ physics anything sounds scary to me

$C^0$ isn't too spooky if it's well behaved enough, but it could be like
Non-differentiable anywhere

then you would have undefined parallel transport

you can get fairly weird spacetimes behaviours

4:16 PM
and undefined curvature

@JohnRennie Many thanks again! You are very kind and patient. I will mull over all this and hopefully get back to you with less silly questions :-) Thanks again.

you need at least $C^2$ if you want to have well defined curvature...

You can still talk about the causal structure
But it gets weird
Nah, you don't need $C^2$

The metric needs to be at least twice differentiable, no?

@user929304 you're welcome. I just hope I haven't just confused you further!

4:17 PM
You just need to have the Geroch-Traschen condition
but then they are defined in a distributional sense

What does Brownian motion count as?
in terms of smoothness, I mean

nowhere differentiable
but everywhere continuous
so $C^0$ I think

sounds right

In fact Brownian motion if Holder continuous
s
is
floopdoodle

4:20 PM
Holder continuous $2$, I think?

Sounds right

took a course on that once a long time ago

So is doing GR with a $C^0$ metric or similar something physicists do is it just of mathematical interest?

Or at least the set of holder continuous $2$ paths isn't of measure $0$
Well $C^0$ metrics might pop up in quantum gravity
For instance in the path integral formulation

Feels like you'd have trouble defining a Curvature lol
but if there's some fancy workaround
then so be it

4:23 PM
Things get Complicated with path integrals
you don't use the usual definitions

paths in path integrals can also be nowhere differentiable amiright

@JohnRennie I have one more question suddenly if you re still here :)

John is always here

in other news: sunburns aren't fun. I knew that. what I did not know about was sunburn itch

he is the silent knight

4:24 PM
which sounds innocuous enough but

Anytime you have an open wound, it'll itch

@user929304 yes?

@enumaris Paths that are differentiable anywhere are of measure 0

so if your skin peels...itchyness for days

@enumaris do we have to discuss skin pathologies while I'm eating lunch? :-)

4:26 PM
@Slereah give pathological cases an inch and they'll take all of the infinite-dimensional space you had around you that you hadn't even noticed was there

@JohnRennie well...fried Chicken skin is pretty good munchies

see, this is where i like bohmian trajectory stuff. the trajectories there are weird, but the space of such paths is pretty simple. (trajectories are smooth and don't cross in configuration space, weeee)

@JohnRennie to correctly understand the muon example in SR: one observer is on earth stationary, the other is the muon. Relative to us on earth, the muon is travelling at constant but very high speed (relative to speed of light), so we on earth measure the muon s clock to be ticking very slowly and that s how we explain why it can reach earth before its lifetime is reached (its time is going slowly in our frame so it can reach earth before lifetime ends). Whereas in the muons frame,

fried pork skin also not bad

@JohnRennie the clock is ticking 1 second per second, but it see the length to travel to have contracted, so it needs less time to travel before its lifetime reaches because it sees a lesser distance to travel. And there s no acceleration involved. Is it a sound picture?

4:28 PM
@user929304 yes, and in fact I'm sure I explained exactly this in an answer somewhere on the main site.

Since you GR guys are here, is Kaluza-Klein producing EM unique? It seems to me like you may be able to come up with an extra dimension in a way that you could add whatever interaction you wanted.

@JohnRennie And if the muon wanted to measure our time on earth, but in its own frame, it think our time is dilated on earth, right?

@EmilioPisanty You know that I really hate you? I mathjaxificated 2 equations in this when I saw that while I was doing that stuff somebody else had edited the post.

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Take the two events when the muon is created, and when it decays. We'll choose the origins of the muon rest frame and the lab rest frame so their origins coincide at the point and time the muon is created i.e. the muon is created at (0, 0) in both frames. Both frames will agree about their relati...

Apparently $C^0$ metrics have that weird thing where $\partial I^+ \neq \partial J^+$

4:30 PM
@Chair I think there's a meta.PSE question about that

@user929304 there, that's a full treatment of the muon travel done using the Lorentz transformations.

> what do I do if I'm too slow with my edit
or sommn like that

@EmilioPisanty Lol really?

@Chair no, I shouldn't think so
=P

@danielunderwood Kaluza-Klein is related to the fiber bundle formulation of EM

4:30 PM
@user929304 yes

Other interactions can also be formulated in such a way, but I don't know if that would work, because EM is a pretty simple case

I've been doing mathjax stuff just for the practice of it though... I'll need to do some stuff with LaTeX later this semester so I thought it'd be a useful skill to pick up

ie the gauge group is abelian

So I guess it's not a huge loss

@EmilioPisanty oh, there's been further action on the question you bountied. (WimC gave quite a bit more details on what Numerical Recipes was doing)

4:31 PM
I don't think you could do the weak or strong interaction

@JohnRennie great! so I guess the moral is that, in either choice of frame, we consistently end up concluding that it can reach earth before it decays, right?

@Semiclassical yeah, I saw that

@user929304 Correct! :-)

@Semiclassical Also someone wrote a pretty lame answer for the 3 mirrors vs 2 one.

The trick for KK is that $\mathbb{R}^5$ is locally similar to $\mathbb{R}^4\times U(1)$

4:32 PM
@Semiclassical is the edit enough for your purposes?

@JohnRennie Physics is beautiful!

@Chair yeah, it seems Rod Vance just isn't that interested in answering =(

I mean $\mathbb{R}^7$ is locally similar to $\mathbb{R}^4 \times SU(2)$, but the group structure isn't there

@Chair two lame answers, one now deleted

yeah, it definitely clarified things a lot. I'd definitely rate it as deserving the bounty. (especially by comparison with the other answer, which while qualitatively helpful was not actually addressing the question being asked)

4:33 PM
@EmilioPisanty I guess when you have 70k+ rep 200 really won't mean too much?
@EmilioPisanty Oh, yeah, The ultra-short one got deleted too? Why? It wasn't VLQ standard, though it wasn't 200 bounty-level either.

(the fact that I'm the only person who has upvoted that answer sorta bugs me, tbh. i guess people just don't look at such questions that much?)

Never mind... one now deleted
I saw something a while back on a question with 500 bounty (the incident occurred some years ago, don't ask me how I saw it)... Someone put a placeholder answer which contained just 2 sentences about how it's a placeholder, and that answer won the bounty. Later, when someone put up a good answer, the bounty was re-initiated by the owner of the placeholder, if that made sense.

@Slereah Well at least I half understood most of that. I don't know that much about physics from the group side of things and combining spacetime with a group like $\mathbb{R}^4 \times U(1)$ seems a bit foreign to me. Guess it's time to learn!

My original thought was that you could arbitrarily add a dimension to GR to add a scalar field. There's obviously something wrong with that picture since EM requires a vector field, but is there any validity in it?

4:39 PM
@Semiclassical cool
I'll read in more detail when the bounty is closer to the end

And are fiber bundles worth learning? I've seen a couple sources of "this is what a tangent bundle is, which is an example of fiber bundles that we don't need here"

@danielunderwood when you add a dimension to 4 dimensions, and you look at rank 2 tensors like the Stress-Energy Tensor, you are actually adding 9 elements so you should have enough freedom to do some stuff there

fiber bundles are a very common thing in theoretical physics
For gauge theory

Actually fiber bundles look a lot simpler than tangent bundles

4:41 PM
Well the idea of a fiber bundle is simple
but there are many things to it

Tangent bundle is just a subclass of fiber bundles
where the fibers are tangent spaces
so I dunno how they can be more complicated o.O

A fiber bundle is just attaching a space at every point
ie at every point of space, you attack $R^4$, for the tangent bundle
Or $U(1)$, for the EM gauge bundle

With some specific rules on how the attachment goes

@enumaris In some sense, objects with less structure are often more complicated because you don't know as much as about them.
Compare, for instance, the theory of fields with that of arbitrary rings.

ring ring ring ring ring

4:43 PM
fair enough I guess

bananaphone

Ahh that sounds fairly simple. I still have trouble thinking in the math way where everything starts with a definition

the math way is
just making simple things
way complicated

because they have to be "rigorous"

4:44 PM

My real problem is when there are 4 different definitions for the same thing
I understand that they're useful for different things, but it sometimes seems like the definitions talk about different objects

@enumaris I often find a bit of rigor much preferable to "the physics way" where you can never really know what you're allowed to do with some symbol or object because people don't care for proper definitions.

@Slereah So are you saying that $\mathbb{R}^4 \times U(1)$ is an example of a fiber bundle?

Yes.

Too much rigor can suffocate, but too little of it leaves you afloat in an ocean of vagueness

4:46 PM
trivial bundles, they are called

@ACuriousMind just do what you need to do

Damn, ninja'd AGAIN!

let the mathematicians worry about it later
Just do it™

@enumaris "ask for forgiveness, not permission"

Indeed

4:47 PM
if it turns out to be justified, then you're going to need to do the calculation anyways

@ACuriousMind to ape a line of Kant, a bird can't fly in vacuum

$™$

and if you do the calculation and it turns out to not actually be useful, what was the use of worrying about whether it was justified?

@Semiclassical Can an ape?

There we go

4:48 PM
^ and I got that argument from a mathematician, I should point out

@Slereah yes. huzzah for rocket ships :P

Analysis II, probably close to the most rigorous I got while in undergrad

aaand blocked

4:49 PM
i suspect the counter argument to that is that you can have a calculation that looks right but actually isn't

You know I wonder how much that monkey freaked out once in orbit

and thus one can labor under the delusion that it's useful when it's actually not

@Semiclassical Cf. all the questions we have about "paradoxes" arising from pretending too hard that position eigenstates are actual states.

@Slereah why would orbit be the most freak-out-inducing part of the trip?

yeah

4:50 PM
@Slereah So even $\mathbb{R}^n, n > 1$ itself would be a fiber bundle? Assuming that my thought $\mathbb{R}^n = \mathbb{R} \times ... \times \mathbb{R}$ is actually correct, which I'm not entirely certain of

I would think launch would be by far the most terrifying bit

@danielunderwood You can define it as such, yes
You can even do $\mathbb{R}$ as a fiber bundle, with a zero-dimensional fiber
But there's not much point to it
The interesting part is more that you add structures to the manifold

@EmilioPisanty The way up may be more directly stressful, but I think the complete absence of gravity may be more fundamentally confusing than just "more" of it.

@ACuriousMind meh
if you're strapped in and you can't unbuckle the straps, you probably won't notice it that much

"Ham's lever-pushing performance in space was only a fraction of a second slower than on Earth, demonstrating that tasks could be performed in space."
That chimp is more professional than some humans

4:53 PM
That comic made me think of "sea monkey do"

@Slereah which reminds me, I have a copy of First Man sitting at home waiting for me to be not-busy enough to read it
hopefully I'll get through it before the movie hits theaters
it looks awesome
Gemini VIII, the training-vehicle crash, the whole deal
plus Ryan Reynolds has that shy-but-decided quality that Armstrong had

it would be better if the actor was a chimp

damn
Ryan Gosling

spking of movies has anyone seen antman II yet? liked it, lots of physics aspects in the series, eg QM realm, big budget, A list actors, etc

@vzn I have a backlog of all of the Avengers and MCU movies that I'm studiously not going through

4:59 PM
lol might as well not go to the movies then (these days) :P

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