Monday, May 31, 2010

Homegrown math study group.

Tom Lahore and me, and I am sure many others, find that there are not enough practical problems forcing us non-PhD / non-academic to delve into math as much as we like. It is a chicken and egg problem and we have strongly felt during the last years that we should do something about it and never had the discipline to do it consistently and therefore usefully. We will give this another shot at

We will start by using the Khan academy videos (1 to 2 videos per week) and discuss them during sundays possibly using some online conference tool and use the wiki to share our thoughts. The Site is public so feel free to do it with us. Will we fail and stop in a month? I don't know ... we hope the fact that we do it in a group and that we use very low commitment (1 to 2 videos per week) will help.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

That's what happens when you are researching human locomotion.

You find sentences like:
"Modern humans exhibit a much higher body fat content and reduced relative muscle mass than their ancestral counterparts, trends that are seen in domesticated animals generally (Allen and Mackey, 1982; O’Dea, 1991; Clutton-Brock, 1999)." (