Sunday, February 10, 2019

More brief items

Some additional interesting links:

  • Another example of emergent universal behavior, as it is demonstrated that runners at the start of a marathon seem to collectively obey hydrodynamics, like a fluid.
  • The Voices of the Manhattan Project oral histories effort has a large number of interviews online.  It’s important for posterity that these were recorded before everyone involved is gone.
  • Maybe massive open online courses were not, in fact, the end of the traditional model of higher education.  Who could have foreseen this?
  • There are people arguing that the preprint arxiv model is a good path toward opens access.  This is definitely something I like, especially more than models involving authors paying thousands of dollars to for-profit publishers for open access journals.

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Brief items

This is the absolute most dense time of the year in terms of administrative obligations, so posting is going to be a bit sparse.  In the meantime, here is a bit of interesting reading:

Scientific American has an interesting article about the fact that two independent means of assessing the Hubble constant (analysis of the cosmic microwave background on one hand; analysis of "standard candles" on the other) disagree well outside the estimated systematic uncertainties.

Kip Thorne posted a biographical reminiscence about John Wheeler on the arxiv.  I haven't read it yet, but it's in my queue.

Quanta Magazine had put up a very well done article about turbulence.  Good stuff.  I liked the animation.