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Eleventh lecture quantum transport

has been updated in time. I’ve made a majour reshuffle of the material and skipped a topic about Luttinger luquids. The fundamentals of dissipative quantum mechanics needed are explained at more qualitative and appealing level. There are still minor inconsistencies in powerpoints, but this did  not lead to any confusion. I am reasonably satisfied with the work done.

However, to put it frankly, I expected a better lecture. The interaction with the audience was at low level. Though not completely absent: the question about GQ has provoked some reaction. I did feel a certain mistrust, certain unwillingness to follow the lecture. Was it a fault of my presentation or the material still remains difficult to swallow?

If I get no comment, the question will remain for at least a year… 

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Thanks, Tim, for the comment: it’s a relief to be able to blame somebody else for less concentrated students:) Especially social-science teachers!
I did my studies in a rather totalitarian society and had a lot of compulsory social sciences: at least a single course was running throught the whole time of studies, even including first year of PhD work. Students were supposed to hate those. Indeed, the content was usually a pure emptiness to wash our brains with communistic ideas. However in practice it was teacher-dependent. Two thirds of the teachers feel obliged to make the emptiness a mind-torture for students, while a third, in one way or another, were trying to fill the emptiness. From this third I’ve learned quite a few amazing and enriching things. To give a fresh example, about Francis Bacon and his idols. All that given the fact their humanitarian logics was strange if ever present.
So you’re right: in those sciences a teacher makes everything

Dear Yuli,

I’ve just read your piece about the eleventh lecture of Quantum Transport and due to your last sentence I felt the need to comment as it did not contain much of the humor found in the other posts…

I must indeed say that the students did not seem to be fully focused, so was I. I was somewhat tired, which was unfortunately made worse by the lecture I had just before Quantum Transport: An introduction to European Law. The university obliges us to take at least one ‘social’ course, and this is one. To summarize the course: it seems to be a practical example of the mathematical object called ‘de lege verzameling’. I hope I don’t insult any people with this, but there is almost no focus at all in that course as to WHY some laws are like they are. To them it seems as they have just appeared out of the blue. Anyway, it took some time for me to get my intellectual activity out of this infinite square well and tunnel back to QT, so in a way my mind was still concerned with some QT phenomena ;P.

The QT-lecture was fine, and it was ok to follow. During the break I even had a discussion with some fellow students that we could follow this lecture relatively better than the others. Perhaps because it contained quite some things we had already seen before; and it was a nice moment to refresh those things as well. So don’t think the lecture was a complete disaster!

Anyway, thanks for the lecture, please keep up the humor and I think more views will follow!

Kind regards and see you next week,

Tim Baart.

Note: I might seem a bit pessimistic about the European Law course, but that’s presumably because the whole ‘law-thing’ does not fit my character. The person who teaches the course is very enthusiastic, so it is not that bad after all. Given that you actually have to follow a societal course, I could even recommend it if the same person gives it next year.

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