I’d like to recommend that you read a wonderful short paper by Gerald Jay Sussman and Jack Wisdom, called “The Role of Programming in the Formulation of Ideas,” which helps explain why understanding physics and the other mathematical sciences can sometimes be so difficult.

[from Nerd Wisdom]

The coordinates in the tangent bundle denoted by the same letters as the velocity vectors of a solution of the Lagrange equations… This must be confusing, especially to those who never even heard about the tangent bundle.

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mishaon May 1, 2010at 8:01 am