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285G, Lecture 1: Flows on Riemannian manifolds

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In the first lecture, we introduce flows on Riemannian manifolds , which are recipes for describing smooth deformations of such manifolds over time, and derive the basic first variation formulae for how various structures…

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Early in his academic career, [Paul] Schervish was a committed Democratic Socialist. But around 1990, he began interviewing wealthy people and decided that his Marxist instinct to criticize the rich was misguided. “I realized good and evil are equally distributed … Continue reading

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1. Use mathematics as a shorthand language rather than as an engine of inquiry 2. Keep to them [your models/problems] till you have them done 3. Translate to english 4. Illustrate with examples important to real life 5. Burn the … Continue reading

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We are telling kids who are good at school that they have better opportunities than others (and kids that are not good at school that they are doomed). Then we are telling kids who are good at school to stay … Continue reading

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After doing things for myself for so many years—getting a Ph.D., focussing on my career—it’s nice to be able to live for someone else for a change. nuclear physicist Rex Tayloe, regarding his young daughter

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Am I a good person? Deep down, do I even really want to be a good person, or do I only want to seem like a good person so that people (including myself) will approve of me? Is there a … Continue reading

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[T]he Efficient Markets Hypothesis [is] in contention for one of the strongest hypotheses in the whole of the social sciences. Strictly speaking the EMH is false, but in spirit it is profoundly true. Besides, science concerns seeking the best hypothesis, … Continue reading

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