Chris Aldrich
My official invitation to the Johns Hopkins Leadership Summit arrived today. #cantwait #jhulw

My official invitation to the Johns Hopkins Leadership Summit arrived today. #cantwait #jhulw

Git and Version Control for Novelists, Screenwriters, Academics, and the General Public
Marginalia and Revision Control

At the end of April, I read an article entitled “In the Margins” in the Johns Hopkins University Arts & Sciences magazine.  I was particularly struck by the comments of eminent scholar Jacques Neefs on page thirteen (or paragraph 20) about computers making marginalia a thing of the past:

“Neefs believes contemporary literature is losing a valuable component in an…

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Leave it to a mathematician to get a proof out of everything - including bread!

Leave it to a mathematician to get a proof out of everything - including bread!

Introduction to Lie Groups and Lie Algebras | UCLA Extension

“If I had a dollar for every time someone invited me to a Lie Algebra class, I’d be a…”

Exercise Your Brain

As many may know or have already heard, Dr. Mike Miller, a retired mathematician from RAND and long-time math professor at UCLA, is offering a course on Introduction to Lie Groups and Lie Algebrasthis fall through UCLA Extension.  Whether you’re a professional mathematician, engineer, physicist, physician, or even a hobbyist interested in mathematics you’ll be sure to get…

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2014 Fields Medal and Nevanlinna Prize Winners Announced

2014 Fields Medal and Nevanlinna Prize Winners Announced | Best coverage

The 2014 Fields Medal and Nevanlinna Prize winners were announced yesterday.

Fields Medal

Fields Medal

Below is some of the best coverage I’ve seen:

General announcement

Nature: “Iranian is first woman to nab highest prize in maths”
Also includes coverage of the Gauss Prize for research that has had an impact outside mathematics, which was awarded to Stanley Osher of the University of California at Los…

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Uri Alon: Why Truly Innovative Science Demands a Leap into the Unknown

I recently ran across this TED talk and felt compelled to share it. It really highlights some of my own personal thoughts on how science should be taught and done in the modern world.  It also overlaps much of the reading I’ve been doing lately on innovation and creativity. If these don’t get you to watch, then perhaps mentioning that Alon manages to apply comedy and improvisation techniques to…

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The Teaching Company and The Great Courses versus MOOCs

Robert Greenberg recently wrote a Facebook post relating to a New York Times review article entitled “For This Class, Professors Pass Screen Test“. It’s substantively about The Teaching Company and their series The Great Courses (TGC); for convenience I’ll excerpt his comments in their entirety below:

“A most interesting article on The Great Courses (TGC) appeared in the New York Times on…

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Brief Review: The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt

The Swerve: How the World Became ModernThe Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Stephen Greenblatt provides an interesting synthesis of history and philosophy. Greenblatt’s love of the humanities certainly shines through. This stands as an almost over-exciting commercial for not only reading Lucretius’s “De Rerum Natura” (“On the Nature of Things”), but in motivating the reader to actually…

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