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Which Grad Students Are the Most Miserable?

moss1956 Small Minded (332 comments)

The foibles that the author points out as evidence that the graduate students in biology are most miserable, are in fact the characteristics of weak graduate
students in almost any field.

more than 3 years ago

US Students Struggle With Understanding of the 'Equal' Sign

moss1956 Horrible oversimplification (1268 comments)

There are some respected mathematicians that will tell you that every equation is a lie. The meaning of the equals sign depends on the context. For example \sum_{n=1}^{\infty}a_n=s means
that the limit of an associated sequence of partial sums is equal to s. This story doesn't even some close to revealing the problems with the "equals" sign.

more than 4 years ago

Classic Books of Science?

moss1956 Some classics I haven't seen listed (451 comments)

Linus Pauling's "The Nature of the Chemical Bond"
James D Watson " The Double Helix"
F. Carl Gauss "Disquisitiones Arithmeticae"
Henri Poincare "Méthodes nouvelles de la mécanique céleste"
Pierre-Simon Laplace "Mécanique Céleste"
Joseph La Grange "Mecanique Analytique"
Isaac Newton "Principia Mathematicae"
Herman Weyl "The Classical Groups"
Samuel Eilenberg, Saunders Maclane, "Algebraic Topology"
Alain Connes "Noncommutative Geometry"

more than 5 years ago

Why Linux Doesn't Spread - the Curse of Being Free

moss1956 Linux vs OS X vs Windows (1243 comments)

The real problem is that it is a hassle to get any operating system up and running on a machine. Microsoft solved this problem by working with manufacturers
to make sure the windows runs on their product. Apple solved this problem by only allowing their operating system to be used on machines that they sell.
Until recently there had been no solution of this sort for Linux, so people who ran linux had to be brave enough souls to fuss with the machine
so that it acts right after the operating system has been installed. Part of the reason that linux is starting to be used more on the desktop is
because manufacturers are selling the machines with linux preinstalled. I am not so sure its about perceived value, its more likely about convenience.

more than 6 years ago


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