Monthly Archives: August 2011

http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf Seriously … why don’t math classes use computers? Excel, simple Python scripts, Mathematica / Sage, everything beyond the TI-83. Kids could be creating totally sweet visuals instead of cribbing formulae. And thinking instead of copying. I can say from my experience teaching … Continue reading

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A beautiful depiction of a 1-form by Robert Ghrist. You never thought understanding a 1→1-dimensional ODE (or a 1-D vector field) would be so easy! What his drawing makes obvious, is that images of Phase Space wear a totally different meaning … Continue reading

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One of the long-standing questions of many scientists in love is: How do you quantify love? Many would scream loudly that many aspects of the human experience should never be disgraced by assigning a number to it, for it would … Continue reading

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Logic, like mathematics, is regarded by many designers with suspicion. Much of it is based on various superstitions about the kind of force logic has in telling us what to do. First of all, the word “logic” has some currency … Continue reading

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Little Room by The White Stripes

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My interpretation of [Leland Wilkinson’s] grammar [of statistical graphics]: —Data is the most important thing, and the thing that you bring to the table. —Geometric objects … what you actually see on the plot: points, lines, polygons, etc. —Statistics transform … Continue reading

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