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Originally posted by Common Good
Well, you really didnt give any detail to what kind of lab you would want.
Im no physicist, but I would think that this would matter no?
I hope you arent trying to create a Meth lab
If you are, be very careful, hahaha. that stuff goes boom if you arent careful !
Originally posted by dragonseeker
I'm not ready to do this yet..but say you have a small garage-size amount of space and $1,000 to spend.. what equipment would you get and why?
Originally posted by Byrd
Ditch the lab and buy a library, instead.
Here's a basic reading list of the types of math you need to be proficient in physics (I'm not talking a garage tinkerer, but someone who can stand up and argue with Hawking and Penrose): www.superstringtheory.com...
Read biographies of every mathemetician and physicist you can find -- their theories keep you from running in circles on your research. Dirac, for instance, or Euler... or Hawking or... thousands of other names. Don't think physics begins and ends with Tesla.
Also, go online and look for "physics experiments." Look for the ones with the math explanation (or with forces explanations) and learn to develop force diagrams so that when you start using set theory you can do more than just stare at the pretty numbers.
Hie thyself to Half Price Books or to any number of mathematics courses online and start reading!
Meanwhile, many universities have free video lectures in math and physics. Start taking them! I recommend the Berkley courses heartily!
(my favorite was "physics for future presidents" that ran about 2 years ago. It's still available.) I use the Berkeley podcasts myself when I need a fast grounding in various information or psychology theories.