Posted by DesertFox on Oct. 24, 2013, 10:47 a.m.

I've decided to call irrational numbers infinidecimals. It is an accurate description and totally an excuse for a terrible mathematical pun. Bazinga!

Today, this is a list of some of my favorite wiki pages, and potentially ones that I think everyone should read because they are interesting, or useful in maintaining a good long-term perspective on things, or are 'common knowledge' that more commonly gets terribly misinterpreted or misrepresented, or link to other pages that I also consider to be my favorites. A lot of these go a lot further than is taught in schools (I'm looking at you, states of matter and the lie that there are only three states), others are definitely technical, but all are things that I think are important for people to know and understand. I'm not including everything but I am putting down a lot (and not in any specific order), but these articles link to each other and more, and if anyone has the guts for a wiki dive of massive proportion, I suggest reading each item here, and everything that they link to. I've tried to limit it to physics, although there is a bit of math and philosophical/future speculation in there. Read 'em if you want, suggest other pages that are important to understanding physics, the universe, and our place in it. I feel it is important to have a good, accurate base of knowledge about the world, and this is one way I see to help achieve that. Lets see where this goes!

List of common misconceptions (Gotta start with this, of course)

List of emerging technologies

Timeline of the far future

Risks to civilization, humans, and planet Earth

Observable universe

Ultimate fate of the universe

Fermi paradox

Great filter


Shape of the universe

Introduction to quantum mechanics


Closed timelike curve

Novikov self-consistency principle

Superfluid vacuum theory

Spacecraft propulsion

Space fountain

States of matter

Cherenkov radiation

Bosons vs Fermions

Pauli exclusion principle


Stellar evolution

Degenerate matter

Newton's laws of motion (specifically, their validity)

List of unsolved problems in physics

List of unsolved problems in mathematics

Millenium Prize problems

P vs NP problem

Arrow of time

Entropy (Arrow of time)

Demon core

Gravitational singularity

Kerr metric and Ergosphere

Speed of gravity

List of paradoxes

Doomsday argument

Simulation hypothesis

Quantum suicide and immortality


Charge-parity violation

Causality (physics)

Planck constant

Elementary particle


Isotropy vs Anistropy

Special relativity vs General relativity


Outline of transhumanism

Non-aggression principle

Neural engineering

Human enhancement


Technological singularity

Matroishka brain


Raven paradox


List of fallacies

and this because it is weird.

and this too.

I also suggest you find and read Arthur C Clarke's short story The Other Tiger.

Finally, I leave you with this, if you haven't seen it. If you have, you get a silly face instead -> :P


Astryl 10 years, 8 months ago

That video. That's excellent.

That list of common misconceptions was interesting.

JuurianChi 10 years, 8 months ago

I just finished reading all of these and I feel the slightest bit more intelligent than before.

I also found the most important Wikipedia article of my life.

The Doomsday argument is quite interesting.

svf 10 years, 7 months ago

No, no, no, no-oh god….