Archive for June, 2012

Sustainable Yield?

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Murray Bourne at 'squareCircleZ' has a great post on modeling fish stocks as an interesting applied example for a math class. In addition to helping students find interest in understanding the mathematics, this can also help people to really see why when fisheries scientists say that a particular harvesting practice is probably unsustainable. My only […]

Information Geometry

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

I have been trying to read some of John Baez's[1] series on "Information Geometry" (here at Part 11), part of which has now also been summarized by Sean Carroll.[2]

More Philosophical Whining

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Jim Holt, in the NYTimes (via 3Qdaily) says "Physicists, Stop the Churlishness". Oh come on! This 'churlishness' is all just part of the 'game' that has been going on *between* philosophers ever since the beginning. And philosophers themselves have never been slouches when it comes to applying that 'churlishness' to philosophy in general - especially […]

Yes We Do (Have to Raise Taxes on the Rich)

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

I was surprised to see media claims that Bill Clinton was advocating an extension of the Bush tax cuts, but Robert Reich (who was there) explains that the comment was not about what should happen but what might happen as a result of legislative deadlock .

Essay on Man

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Here are some favourite lines from Alexander Pope's Essay on Man. Know, then, thyself, presume not God to scan; The proper study of mankind is man. Placed on this isthmus of a middle state, A being darkly wise, and rudely great: With too much knowledge for the sceptic side, With too much weakness for the […]

Invention or Discovery?

Friday, June 1st, 2012

A current | LinkedIn discussion asks "Did man invent Maths or was it there all along waiting to be discovered?". So I thought I'd take the return of that old question as a prompt to review and express some thoughts on the nature of the subject, of "truth" in general, (and of us). In fact […]