Yearly Archives: 2008

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  • 29
    Dec

    2008

    gardnermagic

    Martin Gardner Documentary

    What a great find! We’ve had a lot of fun with the new Martin Gardner books around here, but I always find that there is more to discover about him. David Suzuki’s The Nature of Things featured...

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  • 26
    Dec

    2008

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    Darwin Letter Friday

    I love this letter. It’s a very cool peek into colonial Australia (Tasmania, really) through the eyes of Charles Darwin, of all people. Darwin is amazed that the level of social refinement in Hobart...

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  • 19
    Dec

    2008

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    Darwin Letter Friday

    Charles “connoisseur of deserts” Darwin has reached Cape Town, which he finds to be a great mass of boarding houses and inns, bustling with travelers to the far East and back. The word “Nabobs”...

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  • 19
    Dec

    2008

    economics

    Chinese Banks’ Great Leap Backward

    Factions and Finance in China author Victor Shih has an Op-Ed (below) in the Wall Street Journal today. Shih’s research examines the push-and-pull between communist party elites and banking practices....

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  • 17
    Dec

    2008

    milkyway

    Reflections on a Self-Representing Universe

    This will be my last regular post for a while because of Christmas and teaching three courses next term at my University. These past eleven posts, see here and here, have been my personal take on many...

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  • 17
    Dec

    2008

    behind-the-scenes

    Holidays + Work = Unusual Decorations

    This is now towering above my head every day at the office. A pink tinsel tree with an Obama portrait print-out top. I should point out that much of it, including the smiling President-Elect looming 10...

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  • 15
    Dec

    2008

    behind-the-scenes

    Intimate, unpredictable agents of delicious...

    Lawrence Osborn writes for Forbes.com on the impending “death” of publishing (supposedly, it’s been dying for the last 20 years). According to an editor, “Very little of the recent...

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  • 12
    Dec

    2008

    wallstreet_gw

    Wall Street, Uncertainty, Expertise, and...

    What makes a better bank? A group of experts, picked to deal within their specific area of expertise A group of smart people, working on deals with which they are unfamiliar, bombarded with data, and...

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