ADAM SHAPIRO: What is the future of higher education, do you think, going to look like relatively soon, because we’re almost out of the pandemic? But when you talk about two years of community college for free, I mean, I’m still trying to grapple with why some people are paying $50,000-plus a year to get a degree. I mean, the return on investment just isn’t there anymore, or is it?
SAL KHAN: Yeah, I think people are finally asking the right questions here. I mean, there’s a lot that we have to look at from a first principals point of…
If you read two articles this week, let it be the following two pieces.
A few sentences have shaken a century of science.
A week ago, more than a year after the World Health Organization declared that we face a pandemic, a page on its website titled “Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19): How Is It Transmitted?” got a seemingly small update.
The agency’s response to that question had been that “current evidence suggests that the main way the virus spreads is by respiratory droplets” — which are expelled from the mouth and quickly fall to the ground — “among people who are…
Book talk of the Day;
In our success-hungry contemporary society, we’d all love to believe that there are magic bullets to be found — secrets of success we can apply to guarantee the results we want. And when experience is examined uncritically and carelessly, it may seem to yield such secrets. But all too often, they prove illusory. Fortunately, though guarantees are nowhere to be found, a more scientific approach to experience can provide insights that can make our personal success measurably more likely.
Soyer, Emre; Hogarth, Robin M. “The Myth of Experience”
Once, in the taxi from London, Hardy noticed its number, 1729. He must have thought about it a little because he entered the room where Ramanujan lay in bed and, with scarcely a hello, blurted out his disappointment with it. It was, he declared, “rather a dull number,” adding that he hoped that wasn’t a bad omen.
“No, Hardy,” said Ramanujan. “It is a very interesting number. It is the smallest number expressible as the sum of two cubes in two different ways.”
— Kanigel, Robert. The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan