Skip to main content

Chris Aldrich

Chris Aldrich

Tell me lies, tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies.

Chris Aldrich

Chris Aldrich

“Shia LaBeouf" is a song by Rob Cantor. It tells the true story of an actual cannibal. It is awesome!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0u4M6vppCI

Chris Aldrich

Yesterday I ran across a new textbook from MIT Press by Sanjoy Mahajan entitled "The Art of Insight in Science and Engineering: Mastering Complexity." In general, the book shows how to build insight and understanding in science and engineering to help students from drowning in complexity. The book attempts to keep the mathematics and science fairly simple while focusing more on how to handle and understand them.

Given the heavy reliance of big history on a broad variety of sciences and the overlapping concepts of complexity and emergence, this text can be helpful not only for beginning students, but will likely help even seasoned scientists. Applications of these concepts can certainly assist in the application of broader scientific thought to big history.

For those teaching high school students, some of the scientific concepts may be a bit advanced, but I would highly recommend this for students with a modicum of exposure to basic physics and a year or more of algebra. STEM students could/should treat this as a must-read.

The best part of it all is that MIT Press makes the book a FREE DOWNLOAD! They also make physical copies of the book available for a small fee as well. Either way the concepts behind the book have some fantastic application to the field of big history and beyond.

http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/art-insight-science-and-engineering

Chris Aldrich

I wish that platforms like @edXOnline @coursera were using more flexible/useful software along the lines of @withknown

Chris Aldrich

Reminds me of conversations with John Waters about 20 years ago on smell-o-vision, aromarama, and odorama. I've always been curious why the business didn't settle on a differentiated ticket price structure - we don't pay the same amount for every book we buy/read or every car on the road. Why pay the same ticket price for every movie out there?

Chris Aldrich

This article states what I've known about college admissions for a long time: it's not really as hard as you think http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/30/upshot/for-accomplished-students-reaching-a-top-college-isnt-actua...

Chris Aldrich

@withknown I'd tried disconnecting/reconnecting only on withknown.com directly before sending you my initial note and then again now. This didn't seem to work for some reason from only withknown's interface (perhaps I should have flushed the cache too??), so I went into FB and deleted the Known app from my account there (via https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=applications) and then reconnected on withknown. The hard reset on FB's side and then reconnect via withknown seems to have fixed the problem, but for future reference there may still be some residual bug hiding in there...

Chris Aldrich

test