Archive for July, 2012

Is Algebra Necessary?

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Algebra, as remembered by many,  seems to be  nothing more than a set of meaningless formal tasks, and if that memory is accurate, then indeed it has no right to be included as a requirement of everyone's basic education. [ Some who see it that way try to justify the subject  as an exercise in […]

Good News on Canadian Copyright Law

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Michael Geist's analysis of recent  Supreme Court decisions is encouraging and provides a nice counterpoint to the nasty business our Harper gov't did to us on the digital lock rules.

Everything Unlikely => Nothing Surprising?

Friday, July 20th, 2012

William M. Briggs  misses the main point when he claims that the recent sequence of high temperature months is no cause for alarm (on the grounds that a sequence of thirteen high months is no less improbable than any other particular sequence). SteveBrooklineMA's sarcastic comment (about refusing to adjust one's aim in the face of consistently hitting […]

Lovelock was Alarmist!

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Apparently he no longer believes that “before this century is over billions of us will die and the few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in the Arctic where the climate remains tolerable.” But who with more than half a brain ever did believe the second half of that? (The first half of […]