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Siraaj Khandkar
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Problems, in-general, are commonly described as missing pieces from a puzzle, but I'm starting to notice that it is rarely the best analogy. Problems, that persist, are more like an incorrectly-assembled lego structure, so the only way to fix it is to completely disassemble and reassemble in a new way, until the correct way is found. Except that all pieces are the same color and all joints a fused, so to correctly-disassemble is the most error-prone part.
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I'd add a corollary - Problems are also assumed to have solutions.
These solutions may, or may not, exist, but
  - if they exist, they may be one of many possible solutions
  - most of these solutions actually multi-dimensional optimization where the factors are all correlated
  - The various parties associated with the problem have different - and frequently contradictory - co-efficients to these factors
  - And most importantly, somebody is going to be unhappy, regardless of what you come up with
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"Mathematics is the part of physics where experiments are cheap."

Or an argument for not separating math from physical reality, at least for pedagogical purposes.
On teaching mathematics. by V.I. Arnold. This is an extended text of the address at the discussion on teaching of mathematics in Palais de Découverte in Paris on 7 March 1997. Mathematics is a part of physics. Physics is an experimental science, a part of natural science.
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Introduces his book that argues that programming is math, after all, with a very long tradition going back to quantifying the movement of oil back in ancient Egypt.
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"It is a paradoxical truth that to teach mathematics well, one must also know how to misunderstand it..."

Polya. How to Solve It
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A careful study of images taken by the NASA rover Curiosity has revealed intriguing similarities between ancient sedimentary rocks on Mars and structures shaped by microbes on Earth. The findings suggest, but do not prove, that life may have existed earlier on the Red Planet.
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Unikernels: Rise of the Virtual Library Operating System. What if all the software layers in a virtual appliance were compiled within the same safe, high-level language framework? Anil Madhavapeddy and David J. Scott. Cloud computing has been pioneering the business of renting computing ...
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Towards the end he explains what sort of person he finds interesting to talk to, from any field:  "he did whatever he did as far as he can go... he stretched himself to the end... therefore he's up against mysteries all the way around the edge... and we can talk about mystery and awe - that's what we have in-common."

Oh, how I long to talk to such people.
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Talk with me bro..... :)
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A statistical view of the debate over surveillance and privacy
One problem with the nothing-to-hide argument is that it assumes innocent people will be exonerated certainly and effortlessly. That is, it assumes that there are no errors, or if there are, they are resolved quickly and easily. Suppose the probability of a correctly analyzing an email or phone ...
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