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John Cook
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Applied mathematician, consultant, expert witness
Applied mathematician, consultant, expert witness

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Andrew Gelman and John Carlin on statistics education:

"It might be a good idea for other reasons to recommend that students take more statistics classes—but this won’t solve the problems if textbooks point in the wrong direction and instructors don’t understand what they are teaching. To put it another way, it’s not that we’re teaching the right thing poorly; unfortunately, we’ve been teaching the wrong thing all too well."

(Emphasis added)

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Powers of the golden ratio are nearly integers. As n increases, the distance from phi^n to the nearest integer decreases exponentially fast.

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‪"... you eventually pay for all that code that lifted your initial productivity. So “free code” tends to be “free as in puppy” rather than “free as in beer” — Terry Crowley‬

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Category theory was developed to formalize what it means for something to be "natural." The solution was natural transformations.

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From a conversation between Jim Collins and Peter Drucker:

At one point, I asked him which of his twenty-six books he was most proud of, to which Drucker, then 86, replied: "The next one!" He wrote ten more.
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