Archive for December, 2008

The Two Cultures

I just finished reading C.P. Snow’s “The Two Cultures,” a transcript of his 1959 Rede lecture, together with a “second look” written 4 years later. Snow bemoans the lacking communication between the humanities and the sciences, and argues that this is an obstacle to the solution (if not a cause) of many problems, most notably […]

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We are Einstein

A lot has been said and written in the last years about the promise of online connectivity and open access, about the potential of borderless communication, the power of crowdsourcing, Wikinomics, and the wisdom of the masses. What does that mean for science? I have been wondering, will this impact the way we do research? […]

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We Feel Fine

The other day I came across this lovely website We Feel Fine , “an exploration of human emotion, in six movements” by Jonathan Harris and Sep Kamvar. We Feel Fine scans blog posts for occurrences of the phrases “I feel” and “I am feeling,” if available they extract age, gender and location of the blogger, […]

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Merry Christmas!

It is Christmas! Time to take a break from the blogosphere. But before you turn off the computer, we have a quiz for you to finish our seasonal program. Here we go: 87-8-2 26-53-68-73-32 The above encodes a German expression, if you type the result into this online dictionary you get the English translation. As […]

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Merry Christmas!

It is Christmas! Time to take a break from the blogosphere. But before you turn off the computer, we have a quiz for you to finish our seasonal program. Here we go: 87-8-2 26-53-68-73-32 The above encodes a German expression, if you type the result into this online dictionary you get the English translation. As […]

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What if… #24

What if we could read each other’s mind? This post is part of the 2008 advent series “What if…” “You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.” ~ Albert Einstein

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What if… #23

What if SETI detects strange radio signals from a star with an exoplanet? This post is part of the 2008 advent series “What if…” “You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.” ~ Albert Einstein

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What if… #22

What if the internet became self-aware? This post is part of the 2008 advent series “What if…” “You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.” ~ Albert Einstein

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PS on "Chaos, Solitons and Self-Promotion"

For those of you who have followed the earlier discussion, here are news from the website of the Elsevier Journal Chaos, Solitons and Fractals: “The Founding Editor for Chaos, Solitons and Fractals Dr El Naschie will retire as Editor-in-Chief. This will be announced in the first issue of 2009. The publisher will work with the […]

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