Archive for October, 2011

Mathematicians’ glasses

Many of the papers I’m reading leap between equations with phrases like “The equation may readily be solved to give [next equation which looks totally unlike previous equation],” “The reader may easily supply the details [of the derivation I read this paper to learn],” and  “[the next step I really need to make my model […]

Escaping poverty

I drove through an Indian Reserve on a class trip this weekend. Homes were rundown and ramshackle, with junk piled helter-skelter. I was deeply uncomfortable without knowing exactly why. Then one of my classmates ‘explained’ that the houses looked so bad because the First Nations people of the area owned the houses communally, with no […]