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Originally posted by The time lord
Yet you have no degree in that subject. [/quiote]
A degree is not really relevant. Its helpful I'm sure, but you don't need a degree to be correct. Scientists recognize this. Of course, it begs the question, why don't you have a degree in the subject? The answer to that could be important.
Do you paten your equations
No, because they don't belong to you.
but you could discover something no one else has what do you do?
I would write up my findings in a properly formatted article for submission to a peer reviewed journal. In all likelyhood, it would get 'rejected', that is, sentback with comments, usually rather specific. From these I would make the necessary alterations, whether it was 'clerical' or required new experiments, and then re-submit to the relevant journal, or another journal, depending on their specific guidlines.
Do NOT go to any online invention registration sites
If we're talking about an actual invention, like a device or something, then yes you should patent it, but the orignal statement seems to be more of making a theoretical discovery.