Turing’s Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe

 

It has been mentioned in virtually every review of this book – the title is slightly misleading. The book is not really about computer scientist Alan Turing at all. Its central character is John von Neumann, a brilliant mathematician who was able to bridge the gap between math and physics in the mid-20th century . . . → Read More: Turing’s Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe

Did Einstein ask questions at school? or The power of curiosity.

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In Ian Gilbert’s ‘Why Do I Need a Teacher when I’ve got Google?‘ we are treated to a highly readable and consistently humorous take on what has seemingly already become an outdated phrase: “21st century education”. Through the hook of a relevant and timely question in the title, Gilbert explores the history and evolving role . . . → Read More: Did Einstein ask questions at school? or The power of curiosity.

Why do I need a teacher when I’ve got Google?

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In the process of writing a review of this book, I started selecting quotes and excerpts to showcase some of author Ian Gilbert’s ideas and wit. However, it soon became apparent that I had too many quotes to include, and it’d be easier to just do a collection of excerpts (teachers are . . . → Read More: Why do I need a teacher when I’ve got Google?

Dr. David Helfand on how Education has lost its roots

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I attended the 2013 ISABC Pro-D Day recently and was extremely impressed by the keynote address from Dr. David Helfand. Helfand is an astronomer and (slightly) unconvential university professor, formerly the chair of the Department of Astronomy at Columbia University, and currently the president of the progressive and experimental Quest University in Squamish, British Columbia . . . → Read More: Dr. David Helfand on how Education has lost its roots

Calvin and Hobbes – How Calvin Writes Exams

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Calvin has never enjoyed much about school: the bullying, the homework, and perhaps his least favourite of all, the tests. He certainly is creative though, and comes up with some gems for answers.

Calvin shows his creativity while writing math tests:

 

And speaking of trick questions, perhaps he relies on Susie Derkins . . . → Read More: Calvin and Hobbes – How Calvin Writes Exams