Archive for December 18th, 2006

HowTo: digitise cassette tapes

December 18, 2006

Here is a post about digitising cassette tapes, which might be of interest to some of you; link via Digg.

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On Paul Halmos

December 18, 2006

I was catching up with Shencottah‘s blog, when I noticed the post announcing the passing away of Paul Halmos.

  1. The interview of Halmos, “the maverick mathologist”  in the book Mathematical People,
  2. Halmos’ lecture (pdf) in The Mathematical writing,
  3. his essay in How to write mathematics, and
  4. his automathography and I have a photographic memory

are some of the things which I have enjoyed immensely.
Prof. Halmos leaves a very rich mathematical legacy behind; here is the mathematical genealogy project page of Prof. Halmos. It indeed is a great loss to the mathematical community!

A video documentary

December 18, 2006

Regular readers of this blog know that I am a great fan of Dr. Oliver Sacks. Here is a documentary from Google video about an (autistic) animal science expert (who, I think, contributed the title to the book An anthropologist on Mars); link via B-squared. The documentary is rather long-ish–about 50 minutes or so; but, I am sure you will enjoy every moment of it; here is an ought-not-to-be-missed video.

HowTo: write a research proposal

December 18, 2006

If you plan to be in academics (or, even in a research oriented job), writing a good research proposal is one of the “must-have” skills; here is a post in iMechanica on the twelve steps to a winning research proposal.

Personally, I found that the process of thinking about selling your idea to somebody else helps you understand your research problem better, and puts it in a different perspective. So, even if you are not planning to write a proposal for submission, writing an outline of one to yourself can be very useful.

May your research and grants multiply a thousand-fold 🙂

Forever intolerable to the pure-minded!?

December 18, 2006

It is Goethe talking about pollination:

Early in the next century the aged poet/botanist Johann Goethe welcomed a new (and ultimately unsuccessful) theory purporting to show that plant reproduction had nothing to do with sex. He wrote: “For the instruction of young persons and ladies this new pollination theory will be extremely welcome and suitable. In the past the teacher of botany has been placed in a most embarrassing position, and when innocent young souls took text book in hand to advance their studies in private, they were unable to conceal their outraged moral feelings. Eternal nuptials going on and on, with the monogamy basic to our morals, laws, and religion disintegrating into loose concupiscence — these must remain forever intolerable to the pure-minded.”

Go to science musings and read the entire post!