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Emanuele Pucciarelli
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Hey Internet, your co-father —or, the Architect?— was doing some math and talking about you last night on +The Colbert Report. Take a look as +vint cerf poses the question “What makes you think that you are not in the matrix”?

Part 1: http://goo.gl/VS6eoo
Part 2: http://goo.gl/7yyWqB
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This is an awesome website, both for its design and its content. The math is well-worth working through. If you find it intimidating, I suggest going through it lightly first, then going deeper into sections as you think about it and have questions. To understand it, start by setting a simple goal of being able to repeat what a section says...

http://acko.net/blog/how-to-fold-a-julia-fractal/

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For scientists and engineers, a good way to help raise the quality of an analysis is to ask "What would Richard Feynman do?" The Feynman Principle helps with technical reporting. Feynman experienced the intense bullet outline style in his work on the first shuttle accident, the Challenger in 1986. He expressed his views clearly:

Then we learned about "bullets" — little black circles in front of phrases that were supposed to summarize things. There was one after another of these little goddamn bullets in our briefing books and on slides.

As analysis becomes more causal, multivariate, comparative, evidence-based, and resolution-intense, the more damaging the bullet list becomes. Scientists and engineers have communicated about complex matters for centuries without bullets. Richard Feynman wrote about much of physics — from classical mechanics to quantum electrodynamics — in three famous textbook volumes totalling 1800 pages. Those books use no bullets and only 2 levels of hierarchy, chapters and subheads within chapters.

+Edward Tufte, The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint: Pitching Out Corrupts Within (http://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/books_pp)

(thanks to +Loris Tissino and +Andrea Zwirner for the chance to remember these wise words, and to +Lisa Pedrazzi for a gift that brought them back to my foggy memory!)

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