- The third and the seventh: imagination materialized or Alex Roman’s computer generated art. Via Michael Nielsen.
- Staying in CG: meet Julia Map, of Google ancestry. And since we’re here, read how the fractals changed the world –which was in a way also part of the obituary to Father Fractal, Benoit Mandelbrot, who passed away a couple of months ago; see a better one from the Economist.
- Crises and opportunities in Balkan science policy (start, more). A word of caution for my Romanian pals, among whom a new risk of self-denying optimism– expected to turn into the usual complacency– appears contagious: con calma, this is at best a mediocre start (though, granted, a start it is).
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The playful mantras of our adolescence have become a way of life for later generations. At least in the ’60s we knew, whatever we said, that sex was about…sex. All the same, what followed is our fault. We—the left, academics, teachers—have abandoned politics to those for whom actual power is far more interesting than its metaphorical implications.
Acemoglu on how nations can get rich: “Fix incentives and you will fix poverty. And if you wish to fix institutions, you have to fix governments“
Blogossary. With some definitions completely redundant.
Carlsen is finally right where he should be.
An interesting debate in the latest issue of Capitalism and Society on the current status of Economics and other Social Sciences, worth reading especially for the two comments to the leading article on the theme. Unfortunately, Jon Elster, in his “Excessive Ambitions“, otherwise a welcome (and relatively informed) outsider’s critique, does not manage to rise up to his declared ambitions of debunking the status quo / portraying “the persistence in the economic profession and elsewhere of these useless or harmful models“, and eventually falls easy prey to his commenters: Pierre-André Chiappori (who, very elegantly, but unmistakenly, tackles most of the points raised by Elster in his criticism of economic theory and testing its predictions) and respectively, David Hendry (who virtually destroys Elster’s line of reasoning and conclusions on empirical modelling in Economics).
A summary of the debate “What’s wrong with macroeconomics?” The debate goes on.
Terry Tao’s presentation of Perelman’s solution to Poincaré’s conjecture. There are chances you still won’t understand much, but this is way better than attempting to directly digest Perelman’s original articles :-).
This Science piece on leverage being “the root of all financial turmoil” is interesting (will follow up on it), though a). I doubt leverage is “the” (only) root of the problem; b). we all know that leverage had a large impact, within classical Economics–see, e.g., Bob Solow’s discussion on that, in his critical review of Posner’s recent book.