Several things happened over the last few days. 1. Donald Trump visited Britain, amid hostile demonstrations, which included a balloon in the shape of, as I understand it, a baby Trump. 2. T… Read More
I have been teaching college mathematics for many years, and quit recently. (Well, I called it retirement, but actually it was quitting.) But I was getting a little bored, and de… Read More
I finished it. There are just three movements. (Most string quartets have four movements, I read, but I'm not cruel.)The first movement is here; I have not made very many changes… Read More
Okay, this is going to be just a shell for a post. In the nineteen forties, a Cambridge scholar called George Polya gave his research students a checklist of strategies that could help them… Read More
This post is in response to an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education—which is (sort of) the trade journal of college and university teachers in the USA—by author Lee Vin… Read More
Some years ago I could write a long blog post, and know that people could take the whole thing in, long sentences, long paragraphs and all. But today, most people expect to get the gi… Read More
I recently saw this on fB: There is a lot of truth to this sentiment; in many ways it is a--certain sort of--educational failure that has brought us to this to this pass. It is a bit… Read More
Suppose we have a young person, say Andy, who lives in a town, call it Hometown. Hometown is a placeholder for any community. Andy is a bright fellow. Hometown needs lots of help… Read More
When I was a kid, poetry was a fun business. We learned lots of poems by scores of poets, on all sorts of topics, most of them fun, fanciful things, that had to do with fairies, or adv… Read More
People probably wonder why Bach has such a long name, and especially today it is appropriate to be a little more curious about it than on other days. Well, in the Bach family, many, if… Read More
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