Monthly Archives: August 2014

Book: The Art of Explanation by Lee Lefever

Just completed the reading of the book the Art of Explanation by Lee Lefever. I must admit that although I really like Nancy Duarte’s duo Slide:ology and Resonate, Lefever’s book does focus on concepts that are also not that well covered in the other books. In particular, knowing your audience: to whom are you presenting and for what purpose.

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The Feynman Lectures on Physics available for free from CalTech!

Enjoy: The Feynman Lectures on Physics.

Iranian Woman, Maryam Mirzakhani, wins the 2014 Fields medal!

With everything being done to women in some Islamic countries, the announcement that one of this year four winners of the highest distinction in the field of mathematics, the Fields medal, is not only the first woman to win it but also Iranian born should be celebrated first for her realization but also for the symbolic of it!

Details of her work can be found in Scientific American:  Iranian Woman Nabs Highest Prize in Mathematics – Scientific American.

“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world”

R.I.P. Robin Williams




Quote in title from the Dead Poets Society

Warning, may contains more nuts!

I have previously described some inherent conditions related to PhD studies. It turns out that there is much to be said about undergraduate studies also.

I remember vividly in the first semester physics courses having one of the professor describing us the “truth” about undergraduate studies, in particular in physics. Why physics? Because this is one of these undergrad program where you are expected to do graduate studies to increase you chance of employment (relative to an engineering degree)

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