- Am I HOMO- and LUMO-phobic? (476)
- Mind the gap (230)
- Spectral density of water (162)
- 20 key concepts in thermodynamics and condensed matter physics (132)
- Can we see visons? (107)
- How can living organisms be so highly ordered? (101)
- Walter Kauzmann: master of thermodynamics (98)
- James Bond meets Niels Bohr (96)
- Electron versus hole transport in molecular materials (92)
- Quantum coherence in photosynthesis (91)
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Paul Krugman was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2008. He is also a New York Times columnist. Why mention him here? He is mentioned in Steven Johnson's book Emergence (p. 89-91) for a mathematical model which describes how spatially segregated business centres emerge. This is described in Krugman's book, The Self-Organising Economy.
Here are Krugman's "rules for research", taken from a talk, "How I work"
1. Listen to the Gentiles
2. Question the question
3. Dare to be silly
4. Simplify, simplify
1. means "Pay attention to what intelligent people are saying, even if they do not have your customs or speak your analytical language."
- More is different
- Ignorance is useful
- Encourage random encounters
- Look for patterns in the signs
- Pay attention to your neighbours
Monday, December 28, 2009
- The Disciplinary Mind: You need to master a specific discipline or research area. This takes about ten years.
- The Synthesizing Mind: You need to learn to integrate ideas from different disciplines into a coherent whole and to communicate that integration to others.
- The Creating Mind: You need to develop the capacity to uncover and clarify new problems, questions and phenomena.
- The Respectful Mind: You need to be aware of and appreciate different approaches and values within your discipline and between disciplines.
- The Ethical Mind: You need to fulfill your responsibilities as a worker within your institution, your discipline, and as a citizen.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
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Thursday, December 10, 2009
My family continues to enjoy watching the TV show The Big Bang Theory. In the episode we watched tonight Sheldon unsuccessfully tried to give Nobel Laureate George Smoot (appearing as himself) a copy of his latest paper at a conference.