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I have decided to skip university
Whether I receive any admission letter
Should I actually attend university? I have been pondering that ever since I left the school education system. There are good reasons to attend one, especially one like Harvard or MIT. Besides giving those who manage to get in a sense of superiority and an enormous boost in self-esteem, top universities in the world offer great opportunities for an individual’s personal development. Looking at statistics, it is also clear that people graduated from these universities on average have higher salary. But to me, it is the amazing people (professors, roommates, coevals who share the same interests, etc) one gets to meet and interesting social connections one gets to build during her or his few years of university life that makes studying in elite universities so appealing. Having screwed up my SAT1 and failed to develop and launch M., for the first time in my life, I discovered that I wouldn't be considered qualified for these universities. In their eyes I would just be another arrogant naive kid who has successfully deluded himself into thinking that he is cognitively more advanced than most people on Earth and getting into elite universities should be a no-brainer to him.

Written on: 12 February 2014

Category: Blog Posts 2 mins Reads

Comments: Frozen

  • university, internship
Things are more interesting this way
Another short blog post
I took my SAT 5 days ago. The level of complexity the test items displayed was elementary. But what that supposed to be a non-challenging paperwork turned out to be a nerve-racking ordeal during my 6th paper (there are 10 in total). For certain reasons, I was pretty sure the paper contains three passages until when the test was over and I discovered I had left 2, 3 pages blank. I was ineffably flabbergasted. Minutes ago I was still savoring the moment as I went through the paper leisurely, thinking that there was plenty of time. And now I was in shock that I failed to notice the fourth passage whose existence was somehow concealed from my frame of reference.

Written on: 30 January 2014

Category: Blog Posts 2 mins Reads

Comments: Frozen

  • SAT, screwing-up
Things are more interesting this way
A short blog post
I do not consider self-assured an accurate description of my personality since I am least content about the intelligence of Homo Sapiens and because of that I constantly question my cognitive abilities. But it is true that I have the tendency to be overconfident about the occurrence of future events. At 4am this morning, unable to fall asleep, I decided to stay awake for another 15 hours and spend some of it on writing an algorithm for the 454th Euler Project problem, Diophantine reciprocals III, and the rest preparing for the SAT tomorrow. My goal was to solve the problem and write an article about its solution and how it is derived while demonstrating my lighthearted sentiment towards standardized tests - that I view them as meaningless and trivial. One reason being that one-dimensional numerical evaluation can never accurately measure the performance of any set of neural algorithms and data structures the vertebrate cerebrum employs as it functions on its own, especially when we are generalizing these sets of algorithms and data structures by what they appear to accomplish. Rather than spending the valuable chrono-commodity I have, attempting to maximize the chance of myself getting perfect score in a test, I should spend it doing things that are more meaningful.

But 13 hours has passed and I have yet to finish the algorithm. (In betwixt I had gone through few essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson and watched few videos on Youtube. Thus probably only spent in total 6 hours on the algorithm.) This got me once again realize how inexperienced, naive and unproductive I am.

Written on: 24 January 2014

Category: Blog Posts 1 min Reads

Comments: Frozen

  • SAT, messy code
The key here is not hard work, but interest
Interest, Dopamine, and hard work that isn't hard
I will be lying if I say that I was not enraptured upon discovering I scored 760 in both the physics and math level 2 SAT Subject Tests after just 4 days of revision. But I was ravished not because of the high scores. Had I slept the night before, I would have been less careless during the tests and gotten my perfect scores. Back then I was still having the circadian rhythm of a white collar in England - a state of disorder I gently settled into after leaving school - in spite of being in the GMT+8 time zone. I went to bed extremely early that day at 2am but, being accustomed to entering NREM stage 1 at 8am, I could not put myself to slumber. I was ravished because what I had done exemplified that interest is the most efficient thing that drives a person to excel - the master key to unlock the door to a revolutionized education system - and I can now write an article about it.

Written on: 14 January 2014

Category: Articles 4 mins Reads

Comments: Frozen

  • learning, education, neuroscience, physics notes
A Mathematical Proof of an Interesting Phenomenon Observed in the Pattern of a set of Progressive 3x3 Matrices
the beauty of a maths proof
The Newtonian view of gravity is still taught in school today even though we now know that it is actually not an accurate description of gravity, especially when describing objects moving at a velocity near the speed of light, or objects with an enormous amount of mass such as a supermassive black hole in the center of a quasar. And the reason why physics teachers are still teaching pre-university students the Newtonian theory is that it isn't wrong. It's just that it has its limitation and an alternative model should be used when necessary. In comparison, the geometric theory of gravitation by Einstein is a much better view of gravity, but is considered too complex for the average mind of normal adolescents. Therefore, despite the fact that we can use it to calculate how space and time are distorted near a black hole and how that affects the direction in which light travels observed from a different frame of reference, you barely see Einstein field equations appear in a junior college student's physics textbook. And interestingly, there are also times when Einstein's theory will seem to break down; just like its predecessor, it has its own limitation too. And that is why to better understand the fabric of the cosmos we need more advanced theories like quantum field theory and M-theory.

Written on: 28 December 2013

Category: Articles 6 mins Reads

Comments: Frozen

  • maths, proof, logic, pattern
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