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Will Harmon
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If you use CyanogenMod, you probably already have this installed. For those who don't, here's my calculator - an extension of the stock 4.0 calculator. We just hit 50,000 installs on the market today!
The default CyanogenMod calculator! A calculator that tries to include grap...
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I helped Bugdroid find his lost dog at Google I/O! Do you want to join the search?
Google I/O Hunt. Google I/O Hunt is a game to play at Moscone Center May 15th-17th. All you need is an NFC-enabled Android device and the app!
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http://www.fotuva.org/feynman/what_is_science.html

The next day, Monday, we were playing in the fields and this boy said to me, "See that bird standing on the stump there? What's the name of it?"

I said, "I haven't got the slightest idea."

He said, "It’s a brown-throated thrush. Your father doesn't teach you much about science."

I smiled to myself, because my father had already taught me that [the name] doesn't tell me anything about the bird. He taught me "See that bird? It's a brown-throated thrush, but in Germany it's called a halsenflugel, and in Chinese they call it a chung ling and even if you know all those names for it, you still know nothing about the bird--you only know something about people; what they call that bird. Now that thrush sings, and teaches its young to fly, and flies so many miles away during the summer across the country, and nobody knows how it finds its way," and so forth. There is a difference between the name of the thing and what goes on.

The result of this is that I cannot remember anybody's name, and when people discuss physics with me they often are exasperated when they say "the Fitz-Cronin effect," and I ask "What is the effect?" and I can't remember the name.

I would like to say a word or two--may I interrupt my little tale--about words and definitions, because it is necessary to learn the words.

It is not science. That doesn't mean, just because it is not science, that we don't have to teach the words. We are not talking about what to teach; we are talking about what science is. It is not science to know how to change Centigrade to Fahrenheit. It's necessary, but it is not exactly science. In the same sense, if you were discussing what art is, you wouldn't say art is the knowledge of the fact that a 3-B pencil is softer than a 2-H pencil. It's a distinct difference. That doesn't mean an art teacher shouldn't teach that, or that an artist gets along very well if he doesn't know that. (Actually, you can find out in a minute by trying it; but that's a scientific way that art teachers may not think of explaining.)

In order to talk to each other, we have to have words, and that's all right. It's a good idea to try to see the difference, and it's a good idea to know when we are teaching the tools of science, such as words, and when we are teaching science itself.
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I think you should look at becoming a teacher, so you can help change the approach to learning so that subsequent students don't have the same experience that you have had in this regard.
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I have strong beliefs in transparency and openness, but more importantly I love talking about myself. Thus, an internet form-filler-outer was born. I've taken it upon myself to spread my worthless existence across the expanse of networked computers, filling the void that was not-me.
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  • University of Waterloo
    IT Management, 2011 - present
  • Langley Highschool
    2005 - 2010
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