Latin Pedagogy and the Digital Humanities
What is Information? by Christoph Adami
A proper understanding of information in terms of prediction is key to a number of disciplines beyond engineering, such as physics and biology.
Complexity isn’t a Vice: 10 Word Answers and Doubletalk in Election 2016
How Donald Trump is leveraging an old Vaudeville trick to heavily contest the presidential election
It's time to embrace open & disrupt social media
I’m apparently the king of the microformat rel=”me”
Popular Science Books on Information Theory, Biology, and Complexity
@Mentions from Twitter to My Website
An outline of how I used Indieweb technology to let Twitter users send @mentions to me on my own website.
Speed Reading on Web and Mobile
The Facebook Algorithm Mom Problem
How I temporarily cut my mom out of my social media life to reach a larger audience.
To Purchase, Rent, or Pirate? The Broken Economics of Textbooks in the Digital Age
What's wrong with the economics of the textbook industry, and what students, parents, professors, and universities can do to mitigate the ever-rising price of textbooks.
On Choosing Your Own Textbooks: General advice for choosing the right textbook for your educational goals
A New Way to “Know and Master Your Social Media Flow”
On the anniversary of the death of FriendFeed, I update Louis Gray's flawed social media diagram.
What does Boffo Socko mean anyway?
“Boffo” and “socko” are neologisms in the family of Variety-speak after the well known business trade journal covering Tinseltown (often better known as Hollywood aka the Coast aka H’w’d.)
Their definitions from Variety’s “slanguage” dictionary follow:
boffo (also boff, boffola) — outstanding (usually refers to box office performance); “‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ has been boffo at the B.O.” (See also, socko, whammo)
socko (also sock) — very good (usually refers to box office performance); “‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ has done socko B.O.” (See also, boff, whammo)
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Recent Posts in Information Theory, Complexity, and Molecular Biology
SFI and ASU to offer online M.S. in Complexity (Complexity Explorer) SFI and Arizona State University soon will offer the world’s first comprehensive online master’s degree in complexity science. It will be the Institute’s first graduate degree program, a vision that dates to SFI’s founding. “With technology, a growing recognition of the value of online … Continue reading "SFI and ASU to offer online M.S. in Complexity | Complexity Explorer"
Self-Organized Resonance during Search of a Diverse Chemical Space by Tal Kachman, Jeremy A. Owen, and Jeremy L. England (Physical Review Letters) ABSTRACT Recent studies of active matter have stimulated interest in the driven self-assembly of complex structures. Phenomenological modeling of particular examples has yielded insight, but general thermodynamic principles unifying the rich diversity of … Continue reading "🔖 Self-Organized Resonance during Search of a Diverse Chemical Space"
EXCLUSIVE: First human embryos edited in U.S., using CRISPR by Steve Connor (MIT Technology Review) Researchers have demonstrated they can efficiently improve the DNA of human embryos.
First Support for a Physics Theory of Life by Natalie Wolchover (Quanta Magazine) Take chemistry, add energy, get life. The first tests of Jeremy England’s provocative origin-of-life hypothesis are in, and they appear to show how order can arise from nothing. Interesting article with some great references I’ll need to delve into and read. The … Continue reading "👓 First Support for a Physics Theory of Life | Quanta Magazine"
Might be attending Entropy 2018: From Physics to Information Sciences and Geometry 14-16 May 2018; Auditorium Enric Casassas, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain One of the most frequently used scientific words, is the word “Entropy”. The reason is that it is related to two main scientific domains: physics and information theory. Its origin goes back … Continue reading "📅 Entropy 2018: From Physics to Information Sciences and Geometry"
In honor of tomorrow’s release of Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman’s book A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age, I’ve created an Information Theory playlist on Spotify. Songs about communication, telephones, conversation, satellites, love, auto-tune and even one about a typewriter! They all relate at least tangentially to the topic at … Continue reading "An Information Theory Playlist on Spotify"
Meet the Authors of a Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age by Stephen Cass (IEEE Spectrum) Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman wrote the first biography of the digital pioneer
Recent Posts in Mathematics
Elementary Algebraic Geometry (Student Mathematical Library, Vol. 20) by Klaus Hulek (American Mathematical Society) This is a genuine introduction to algebraic geometry. The author makes no assumption that readers know more than can be expected of a good undergraduate. He introduces fundamental concepts in a way that enables students to move on to a more … Continue reading "🔖 Elementary Algebraic Geometry by Klaus Hulek"
Homotopy Type Theory: Univalent Foundations of Mathematics Homotopy type theory is a new branch of mathematics that combines aspects of several different fields in a surprising way. It is based on a recently discovered connection between homotopy theory and type theory. It touches on topics as seemingly distant as the homotopy groups of spheres, the … Continue reading "🔖 Homotopy Type Theory: Univalent Foundations of Mathematics"
MATH X 451.42 Introduction to Algebraic Geometry by Dr. Michael Miller (UCLA Extension) Algebraic geometry is the study, using algebraic tools, of geometric objects defined as the solution sets to systems of polynomial equations in several variables. This introductory course, the first in a two-quarter sequence, develops the basic theory of the subject, beginning with … Continue reading "Introduction to Algebraic Geometry | UCLA Extension in Fall 2017"
Communication complexity of approximate Nash equilibria by Yakov Babichenko, Aviad Rubinstein (arXiv) For a constant ϵ, we prove a poly(N) lower bound on the (randomized) communication complexity of ϵ-Nash equilibrium in two-player NxN games. For n-player binary-action games we prove an exp(n) lower bound for the (randomized) communication complexity of (ϵ,ϵ)-weak approximate Nash equilibrium, which … Continue reading "🔖 Communication complexity of approximate Nash equilibria | arXiv"
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