Originally I setup the site to document the programs that I have put on Sourceforge (see copyright section below), however, I am now getting more interest in the site itself than the programs.
So I am now concentrating on the website with the aim of making it useful to programmers or anyone who needs to learn about maths, physics and computer simulation.
What I would like to do is for the top level of the site to have information at the right level for beginners to the subject and then allow users to drill down to any level of detail they require.
The aim is to have consistent standards, notation and conventions across the whole site (this page explains these choices for the site).
In addition to discussing fairly conventional ways of doing things it would be good to investigate new ideas, for example see physics box of the right of this page.
It would be really good if this site can help people appreciate some of the more advanced topics in maths and physics.
I am learning a lot about this subject myself so I really appreciate the help that people have given me on the Sourceforge forum here. I welcome any ideas, content or feedback. Where people help in this way I try to recognise this by including peoples names at the appropriate point in the site.
So thank you very much to the people who have contributed to the site already, the more ideas the better, so please put a message on the forum.
Some people have suggested turning the site into a wiki and this idea does have a lot to be said for it. I decided against this option because I thought it best that the site feels like an integrated site rather than a collection of separate articles.
The aims are to:
- Allow the user to see exactly where they are in the site.
- To make the content easy to read (600 pixel column width not interrupted in any way).
- To put related content in separate boxes to the right of the main text.
To do this the site is organised in quite a steep hierarchy, the navigation is done by a block of buttons at the top of each page which reflects this hierarchy.
A lot of people don't like all these buttons are the top of the page, I guess its one of those things you either like or hate, but I can't think of a better way for people to be able to see where they are in the hierarchy.
I have recently changed the design of these buttons, at the top of the screen, to make the height of the buttons more compact. Hopefully that will improve things a bit.
I retain copyright of this site. This is necessary because duplicate content is penalised by search engines, so if I were to allow other copies it might reduce the readership.
Also, if I did not, things could be used for dubious purposes on the web.
Most of the programs associated with the site available under the GPL licence on sourceforge:
Further information about these copyright issues.