Welcome to the PHAROS Library, a wiki for pedagogic and heuristic approaches to research concepts!
The main purpose is to gather, promote and produce material on research topics (mainly mathematical physics) which are as accessible and pedagogical as possible (see Criteria below) in an open access way.
In our researchers life, we encounter constantly concepts outside of our expertise for which we wish to understand the main ideas. Why does the concept exist? For what is it used? It is worth looking deeper into it? In this library, you should get approximate answers to these questions.
We see this wiki as a place to put references giving a pleasant, visual and conceptual overview on research topics without entering into technical details, like a 10-minute-explanation during the coffee break.
In addition, we try to give for every concept a very short overview, a picture to have in mind, a slogan to remember.
The material we want to gather here should meet as many of the following criteria as possible:
This wiki is at its very beginning. If your favorite pedagogical introduction to a topic is missing, please feel free to add it in the library! All you have to do is to create an account! Unfortunately, we had several times a huge vague of spam subscriptions. Please write an email to contact at pharos-library.com, then we will create an account for you.
See the Howto to get a quick guide to use DokuWiki for Pharos Library, or the more general Dokuwiki entry. To edit a page, go to the page and click either on a button “Edit” (to edit a section) or on the pencil on the right hand side (to edit the whole page). To create a new page, write the name of the concept in the search field (in the top right corner), and click on the proposed link to create the page.
Ideally for a new concept, you add a document together with a short “slogan”, a short description, a picture or scheme, a joke, … If you don't have time, then feel free to put only the document. You can add comments later or others will do.
Here are examples of concepts:
And here are examples of entries in our Library:
If you want to get an overview over a concept, here are some general ideas how to find quickly information.
To find a specific item, some hints:
Some sources of pedagogical explanations:
For questions, suggestions and remarks, feel free to write an email to contact at pharos-library.com.
The Pharos Library is supported by the Basic Research Community for Physics.