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November 27, 2011

Six famous thought experiments, each presented in 60 seconds: Reminds me a bit of the Peabody and Sherman sketches from the old Rocky and Bullwinkle show...

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What is data science?

June 3, 2010

The latest in a series of articles on the topic, Mike Loukides of O'Reilly Radar asks, "What is data science?": We've all heard it: according to Hal Varian, statistics is the next sexy job. Five years ago, in What is Web 2.0, Tim O'Reilly said that "data is the next Intel Inside." But what does that statement […]

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Ten statisticians every psychologist should know

November 11, 2009

Psychologist Daniel Wright has published a list of ten statisticians every psychologist should know. The list is comprised of The Founding Fathers: 1. Karl Pearson - who established statistics as an academic discipline 2. Ronald Fisher - who developed much of statistics' mathematical foundation, including ANOVA and maximum likelihood, and the importance of p-values 3. […]

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Nature abhors a Higgs

October 16, 2009

A few days ago, the NYT published a bizarre article which suggested - or rather, which discussed a paper that itself suggested - that the Large Hadron Collider was actually being sabotaged. By itself. From the future. (I promise you won't regret clicking that link. I've watched the video four times just writing this.) Confused, […]

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September 11, 2009

A relatively new program has been devised, with the blessing of the Dalai Lama, to instruct Tibetan monks and nuns in science and math. These students have little or no formal education in that area, but are adept learners and take to the material quickly and with interest. My favorite quote from the NYT's report: […]

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