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Re: Are you weird?...
Horowitzian #1338867 01/01/10 10:49 PM
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Back to the topic of chemistry, here's a great YouTube channel for chemistry nerds:

NurdRage's channel


Nice! I'll have to check some of those videos out. I like that the name is Dr. N. Butyl Lithium. That's awesome!

This is my favorite chemistry song and it involves piano too smile

Tom Lehrer - The Element Song


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Originally Posted by Horowitzian
Back to the topic of chemistry, here's a great YouTube channel for chemistry nerds:

NurdRage's channel


Nice! I'll have to check some of those videos out. I like that the name is Dr. N. Butyl Lithium. That's awesome!

This is my favorite chemistry song and it involves piano too smile

Tom Lehrer - The Element Song


It's a great channel, so enjoy! smile

How does he say some of those so fast? It's a hoot. Thanks for the link. cool


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That's funny because I do have a degree in chemistry and I really don't like chemistry very much. I wish I'd majored in music like my piano teacher wanted me to.

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It's a strange paradox, and I wonder if anyone else experiences it: the things that I think I get the deepest satisfaction ...that I think set me apart from the herds of "non-weird" people and give my life richness, these are precisely the things, because they separate and isolate me, that sometimes make me unhappy. A double-edged sword.
-Jason

Jason, thank you for pointing out that my glass is half full and not half empty! This thread has assured me that I am not alone and perhaps I will be lucky enough to find some local souls to be friends with. In the meantime, PW satisfies my need for intelligent conversation.


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...I do have a degree in chemistry


How hard would it be to take the carbon out of carbon dioxide so you'd end up with just C and O2? That might get Al Gore off our backs about global warming -- or it would if CO2 was really the villian. Anyhow, somebody told me it could be done with solar energy but I think he may have been blowing smoke.

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A big revelation for me is just how many of us are involved in science—"hard" science, too, not social sciences like ... erm ... linguistics. smile

Once upon a time I thought I might be, too, but I could barely get through calculus my freshman year. frown

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sotto voce #1338918 01/01/10 11:55 PM
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A big revelation for me is just how many of us are involved in science—"hard" science, too, not social sciences like ... erm ... linguistics. smile

Once upon a time I thought I might be, too, but I could barely get through calculus my freshman year. frown

Steven


There are certainly a lot of scientists here. Physics almost did me in but luckily I made it through. I do recall getting a 25 out of 100 on a test. My friend, a math major, got a 15 on the same test. Not a fun semester!

I wish I had taken a few music classes as an undergraduate but luckily now I do have the opportunity to sit in on some of the music classes at the university where I work.


"Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here!" J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, 1997.

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Ludwig van Bilge #1338919 01/01/10 11:58 PM
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What a thread! I guess this topic strikes a chord with many!

Perhaps piano player's brains are indeed wired differently. And the themes brought up here are resonating with the like minded.

Based on the responses, aside from those who are professionally involved with the piano or the piano industry, is there a bias towards the practitioners, students and teachers of the sciences?

Perhaps a statistics expert can already "see" the answer.

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Ludwig van Bilge #1338920 01/01/10 11:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Ludwig van Bilge
Originally Posted by lauralei
...I do have a degree in chemistry


How hard would it be to take the carbon out of carbon dioxide so you'd end up with just C and O2? That might get Al Gore off our backs about global warming -- or it would if CO2 was really the villian. Anyhow, somebody told me it could be done with solar energy but I think he may have been blowing smoke.

Hehehe, probably better to not open that can of worms here. wink


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Originally Posted by Ludwig van Bilge
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...I do have a degree in chemistry


How hard would it be to take the carbon out of carbon dioxide so you'd end up with just C and O2? That might get Al Gore off our backs about global warming -- or it would if CO2 was really the villian. Anyhow, somebody told me it could be done with solar energy but I think he may have been blowing smoke.


Solar energy can do wonders.
By generating electricity, very mighty reactions can then be driven electrochemically.
Yet simpler, any green plant can generate oxygen out of carbon dioxide and produce carbohydrates.
If one really needs carbon - just thermolyze or dehydrate hydrocarbons; think of those burnt food in the oven (and the smoke) smile

Global warming is quite controversial to say the least (it usually happens with many things when politicians get involved)

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EltonRach #1338922 01/02/10 12:00 AM
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Oh my goodness - in the time it took for me to draft out my comment - there appeared other posts observing the science bias ! This thread is really striking a chord.

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A big revelation for me is just how many of us are involved in science—"hard" science, too,

There seems to be a connection with engineering as well.. I teach at a small undergraduate engineering school, and I've heard (and have witnessed) that about 50% of the students play a musical instrument (or sing), many at a very high level. Their performances at the end of each semester are amazing. How do they find the time to practice??

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Originally Posted by WhiteBear
Originally Posted by Ludwig van Bilge
Originally Posted by lauralei
...I do have a degree in chemistry


How hard would it be to take the carbon out of carbon dioxide so you'd end up with just C and O2? That might get Al Gore off our backs about global warming -- or it would if CO2 was really the villian. Anyhow, somebody told me it could be done with solar energy but I think he may have been blowing smoke.


Solar energy can do wonders.
By generating electricity, very mighty reactions can then be driven electrochemically.
Yet simpler, any green plant can generate oxygen out of carbon dioxide and produce carbohydrates.
If one really needs carbon - just thermolyze or dehydrate hydrocarbons; think of those burnt food in the oven (and the smoke) smile

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...Or if you are really a nerd, add 9 M sulfuric acid to table sugar. Hydrocarbon dehydration at it's best! grin


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Originally Posted by Chardonnay
How do they find the time to practice??
Simple survival. If we don't practice, we lose our minds.

There is something analytically satisfying about classical music that must appeal to a scientific mind. Several times I've heard music teachers comment how many of their most advanced adult students are scientists or medical doctors.


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gooddog #1338932 01/02/10 12:12 AM
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How do they find the time to practice??
Simple survival. If we don't practice, we lose our minds.

There is something analytically satisfying about classical music that must appeal to a scientific mind. Several times I've heard music teachers comment how many of their most advanced adult students are scientists or medical doctors.


I definitely agree. I really enjoy learning music theory and seeing it applied in the music. It's like analyzing scientific data. I've only been playing as an adult for about 1.5 years so I'm a relatively new player. I didn't realize just how interesting theory could be before I started playing. I just spent an hour or so working through a chapter in my theory book - all about V7 chords. Learning to recognize intervals and chords and their inversions is interesting to me too.


"Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here!" J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, 1997.

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Originally Posted by Horowitzian
Originally Posted by WhiteBear
Originally Posted by Ludwig van Bilge
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...I do have a degree in chemistry


How hard would it be to take the carbon out of carbon dioxide so you'd end up with just C and O2? That might get Al Gore off our backs about global warming -- or it would if CO2 was really the villian. Anyhow, somebody told me it could be done with solar energy but I think he may have been blowing smoke.


Solar energy can do wonders.
By generating electricity, very mighty reactions can then be driven electrochemically.
Yet simpler, any green plant can generate oxygen out of carbon dioxide and produce carbohydrates.
If one really needs carbon - just thermolyze or dehydrate hydrocarbons; think of those burnt food in the oven (and the smoke) smile

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...Or if you are really a nerd, add 9 M sulfuric acid to table sugar. Hydrocarbon dehydration at it's best! grin


At its best is with the concentrated sulfuric acid, which is more than 18 M. grin

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There is something analytically satisfying about classical music that must appeal to a scientific mind. Several times I've heard music teachers comment how many of their most advanced adult students are scientists or medical doctors.

And yet it correlates strongly with language, too, at least in my own weird mind smile , and not just in obvious ways like being an expressive medium with structures, rules and a lexicon.

I've always felt a deep connection with the notation and graphic elements of music. To me, a score is akin to the printed text of a story; it gives tangible form to something that's otherwise amorphous and ephemeral. I love reading music!

Steven

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Originally Posted by WhiteBear
Originally Posted by Horowitzian
Originally Posted by WhiteBear
Originally Posted by Ludwig van Bilge
Originally Posted by lauralei
...I do have a degree in chemistry


How hard would it be to take the carbon out of carbon dioxide so you'd end up with just C and O2? That might get Al Gore off our backs about global warming -- or it would if CO2 was really the villian. Anyhow, somebody told me it could be done with solar energy but I think he may have been blowing smoke.


Solar energy can do wonders.
By generating electricity, very mighty reactions can then be driven electrochemically.
Yet simpler, any green plant can generate oxygen out of carbon dioxide and produce carbohydrates.
If one really needs carbon - just thermolyze or dehydrate hydrocarbons; think of those burnt food in the oven (and the smoke) smile

[...]


...Or if you are really a nerd, add 9 M sulfuric acid to table sugar. Hydrocarbon dehydration at it's best! grin


At its best is with the concentrated sulfuric acid, which is more than 18 M. grin


Indeed! grin But, IIRC, concentrated sulfuric acid is a gelatin at room temp and isn't easy to handle.


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Originally Posted by sotto voce
I've always felt a deep connection with the notation and graphic elements of music. To me, a score is akin to the printed text of a story; it gives tangible form to something that's otherwise amorphous and ephemeral. I love reading music!


Me too! and I love the oversized handwritten scores of experimental composers of the 20th century, used to like to hang out at the Big Scores section of the music school library. Have you heard the quote that "music is like architecture multiplied by time" - forgotten who said it or exact wording.


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Anyone notice that weird does not follow the i before e rule?
Weird.

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