Friday, April 24, 2009

Thoughts on the value of teaching from my favourite theoretical chemist

Roald Hoffmann won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1981. He is probably my favourite living theoretical chemist (sorry, Fritz!). Maybe I will write later about why I like his papers so much. But, in the mean time, I draw attention to a nice short article he wrote, Research Strategy: Teach. I am re-reading it this morning to help motivate me, since on monday I start giving a series of lectures on thermodynamics and condensed matter physics to second year undergraduates. Hopefully, I will post some of these and what I am learning in the coming weeks.

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