culture: whatever happens before you get the job offer.

keywords: progress

# Day: July 29, 2019

# lorem ipsum

A given partition gives rise to a certain set of ratios, and a given set of ratios gives rise to a certain partition.

keywords: Mathematics

# What does ‘SaaS’ stand for?

It stands for ‘software as a service’.

keywords: subscription, cyberspace

# Zero Anthropology

interesting phrase: ‘the comfortable but mystifying taxonomy of liberalism’

“In my more generous moments, I think what he meant was: I’m not going to squeeze this stuff into the comfortable but mystifying taxonomy of liberalism…”

— Eliza Jane Darling

Here is where this quote can be found.

keywords: marginalization, language

# Let’s keep metric spaces at a distance.

I advocate introducing the notion of the general topological space cold-turkey, that is, without first considering metric spaces. True, metric spaces were, historically, the first topological spaces considered, but historical order is not necessarily pedagogical order.

keywords: teaching, priorities

# historical order versus pedagogical order

Historical order is not necessarily pedagogical order. For example, the only reason integration preceded differentiation is because the notation needed for differentiation was lacking. Another example is General Topology. Historically, metric spaces were the first topological spaces considered, but the student is best served by a cold-turkey presentation of the general topological space, leaving metric spaces as a footnote for the students to explore on their own. Indeed, some simple things discovered very late, such as the 6-People Theorem and Kaprekar’s constant, should be presented in elementary school.

keywords: Mathematics, Calculus

# the long tail

Here is the Wikipedia article on this topic.

keywords: statistics, distributions