The link below takes you to the dropbox page where you can enable two-step authentication.
Conveniently, to generate the time-sensitive codes for Dropbox I can use the same Google Authenticator App on my phone that I already use for Google.
, who are you going to vote for?
It is also great for explaining some physics. The phenomenon is a combination of the wave travelling along the string of popsicles and the release of the energy stored in the string during its construction.
The introduction to this book is worth reading (as is the entire book, but it is expensive while the introduction is available as free sample). I quote the first two paragraphs:
"If you ask a chef, a physician, or a teacher the question: ‘‘Is more always better,’’ they will probably answer: ‘‘No’’. Of course, it depends on the dish you are cooking, the illness you are curing, and the subject you are teaching. But these professionals know when additional ingredients spoil the dish, additional treatment harms the patient, and additional learning material frustrates the student. If you put the same question to an economist or a consumer, though, it is less clear what the answer will be.
Nowadays, consumers seem to have an insatiable desire for more and more goods and services. Economists typically equate more consumption with greater well-being. And growth has become a leading commercial and political imperative. As a consequence, Frank and Cook (1995) have described advanced societies as ‘‘winner-take-all-societies’’ in which a few superstars are paid handsomely, and others are seduced into mimicking their grand lifestyles (Frank and Cook 1995). In this environment, maximization of consumption has become the hallmark of success. More is universally taken to mean better, but here we ask whether more actually makes people happier."
The book investigates the question thoroughly from many angles in 14 chapters contributed by academics from several disciplines: economics, psychology, philosophy, neuroscience, politics, biology, social sciences.
Thanks to for recommending this book to me.
While I applaud that the author gave his talk to an audience of interested sociologists and philosophers, I do not agree with the author's idea that already students of one speciality should be forced to take an interest in another. Such attempts failed on me when I was a student, because I resented them, and I am glad they failed. The strengths of students is that they can get very excited about a speciality and dedicate their entire energy to digging deeper in that speciality. Older people then can take on the role of diffusing the progress across speciality boundaries. We must resist the temptation to broaden our student's interest and rob them off their single-mindedness. That single-mindedness is a valuable resource that evaporates naturally with age.
Interdisciplinarity is something that should be created by teams of subject specialists, each single-mindedly trained in their speciality.
Note that I am not advocating sticking to the old disciplinary boundaries in our education of students. I am only advocating specialisation for students. That specialisation could happen to lie on the border between disciplines, like mathematics and biology, or in my case, mathematics and physics, but the education has to be focussed rather than broad and diffuse.
- University of York, Applied MathematicsLecturer in Mathematics, present
- Bielefeld UniversityHochschulassistent
- King's College LondonEPSRC Advanced Research Fellow
- CERNVisiting Scientist
- State University of New York at Stony BrookResearch Assistant
Two concrete current research topics are:
- Scale invariant size spectrum models of the pelagic ecosystem.
- Modelling extinction trajectories in microcosm communities.
- State University of New York at Stony BrookTheoretical Physics, 1985 - 1990
- Universität BielefeldMathematics and Physics, 1983 - 1985
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