More Stephen Wolfram and Brian Greene

What has been your silver lining during this COVID-19 crisis so far, in terms of self-directed learning? Simon is happy that Grant Sanderson, Stephen Wolfram and Brian Greene all have more time now to make frequent streams and tutorials. In fact, he can’t even follow all of them live as they often overlap!

Luckily, years of homeschooling have allowed us to develop a very flexible approach to daily routine, enabling us to embrace learning opportunities from across the Atlantic, that mostly present themselves in the evening hours. Our learning is circular, cyclical, not linear (we learn around the clock and Simon often returns to the topics he has already covered before but at a new level).

Simon delirious watching a Stephen Wolfram livestream
A screenshot from the live chat in Stephen Wolfram’s stream

Brian Greene publishes daily videos called “Your Daily Equations” on the World Science Festival channel, and viewers can “order” which equation they want to discuss next. He also does a weekly live Q&A.

It’s funny how both Wolfram and Greene are Simon’s professors as part of the World Science Scholars program, but he seems to have gotten a better chance to engage with them personally now that we’re all stuck at home (through the live chat and comments) than during the official World Science Scholars sessions!

Every day, Simon feels like he’s sitting right next to Brian Greene in his living room. There’s this atmosphere of informal talk and human warmth, as one of the world’s top flight professors is accessible for questions and gives Simon and other students so much of his precious time to explain all the quantum physics fundamentals. So touching yesterday, as Brian Greene just took off his socks and held them up in the air to visualise spin.
On April 2: there’re equations for relativistic mass and rest mass. The speed of light equation that Brain Greene talks about is with relativistic mass. — Do you know the equation with the rest mass? — No… In fact, let’s derive it right now!

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