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    Default Who wants to learn High Energy Physics with me?

    As many of you know, I am in the process of making a career-change from Engineer to Physicist. Right now, it seems like I want to get into High Energy Physics--Theory as the ultimate goal...This means working on things like String Theory and Quantum Gravity or working out their implications for achievable experiments (eventually). I think I would prefer working on phenomenology over creating new theories at this point...but that may change.

    However, it is a long trek from where I am to where I would like to be. I will be enrolling at a near-by state college in Undergraduate Physics in the fall, but I know that most of my learning will be on my own (as it usually is).

    Even though the eventual aim is to learn High-Energy Theory, there are a LOT of pre-requisites. I made an initial list of what I believe I need to learn here.

    I've started the process here.

    I will be utilizing some help from physicsforums, as well...but relatively speaking, I'm a n00b. So it would be fun to have other n00b's (even if just one) learning along with me.

    Also, I learned of a handy resource for current data on particle physics:
    Particle Data Group - Downloads

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    Do I have to remember anything from normal physics?

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    Not necesarily. I like explaining things, so I'll try to get people up to speed.

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    Sweet, high energy physics! I don't understand it at all, and it makes my brain hurt just thinking about it, but best of luck to you. Most of the oddest and smartest people I know are physicists, so, I hope that suits you well

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    You know, I just realized that this thread is not in the "personal threads" section.

    Which I guess is OK, if nobody else minds.

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    Not it!

    (It's fine.)

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    Ooh! Ooh! Not me!!!!

    (But best of luck!)

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    You know, if I could download this info into my brain a la The Matrix, then I'd be in. But as it is...no. Too lazy. Way, WAY too lazy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kangirl View Post
    You know, if I could download this info into my brain a la The Matrix, then I'd be in. But as it is...no. Too lazy. Way, WAY too lazy.
    If you could download things into your brain, is there anything you WOULDN'T want?

    /deep

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    I opened up Schrodingers Box, and unfortunately by sheer chance I am dead. I am therefore unable to help you learn high energy physics.

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