In this session from the NIST Colloquium Series, Ken Adler, author of “The Measure of All Things: The Seven Year Odyssey and Hidden Error that Transformed the World”, tells the story of the seven-year, trouble-filled 18th century expedition that established the distance for the meter … and about the secret “error” held from the public about this famous measurement. Continue reading →
Dave Arnold, Food Arts | Harold McGee, New York Times
This public lecture series from Harvard University discusses concepts from the physical sciences that underpin both everyday cooking and haute cuisine. Each lecture features a world-class chef who visited and presented their remarkable culinary designs:
Ferran Adria presented spherification; Jose Andres discussed both the basic components of food and gelation; Joan Roca demonstrated sous vide; Enric Rovira showed his chocolate delicacies; Wylie Dufresne presented inventions with transglutaminase. Continue reading →
Note to my overseas friends: Today in the USA we celebrate the memory of all who died in service to our country.
It’s an especially important one for me since my Dad died on the beach at Iwo Jima in 1945. I attended my local flag-lowering ceremony in Northampton where a small group of neighbors and friends conducted the official raising of the US flag and then lowering it to half staff.
The actual event was conducted by our local Marine Corps League. I can’t explain the emotions that ran through me witnessing it. It was again chilling.
It was also made more special this year by the many members of the local National Cemetery Guardians, a volunteer group who help conduct veteran burial honors at the new, nearby Washington Crossing National Cemetery; I know many of them.
So, I think I have decided where my final resting spot will be when my turn comes. It seems, as an Army vet, that both I and my wife, Beth, can be put to final rest with some little pomp and ceremony there. Let’s hope it’s not soon!
I know that I was put here to get many things accomplished and to judge by the length of my To Do List, I may still be here in the 22nd Century!
A REVIEW: Enchantment The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions by Guy Kawasaki (On Sale today at your favorite book seller).
At the risk of redundancy, I found both the book “Enchantment” and its author’s, Guy Kawasaki’s, launch and promotional activities of it, enchanting. It is more than a Deming Model, however; way more!
Guy was like the energizer bunny with his emails, facebook promotion, tweets and coordinated efforts to get his latest book up front and directly in the public eye. This is the work of a master enchanter, evangelist and, yes, energizer bunny-at-large.
No wonder he is so well-known & respected; he promotes himself masterfully and for good reason, he’s brimming over with great ideas and experiences. Nothing wrong with that and every thing right!
Guy Kawasaki not only does it, but he shows by personal example how to do it.
The book shines on its own. A great “How To” and “Why” manual. It’s a must-have for anyone involved in marketing anything! Read this one to understand why Apple has such a fanatical following and why people matter and how to enchant them with your idea. Then take the quiz…think you read and understood it? Try again. I did.
You could make your dream into a similar reality. It’s what you’d hear if you rolled Deming, Dale Carnegie, Peter Drucker and Steve Jobs into one!
You could even make your present business enchanting, your employees into advocates and empower your customers to be your best references. Continue reading →
Statistical and Thermal Physics is a collection of information and resources for teachers of Statistical and Thermal Physics.
The resources in this collection are supplements to standard Statistical and Thermal Physics textbooks and include student activities, background information, and applications.
The Statistical and Thermal Physics (STP) Collection is designed to enhance the teaching of undergraduate thermal and statistical physics.
Their goal is to promote innovation in all aspects of the teaching of statistical and thermal physics in the undergraduate curriculum, including computational projects, laboratory experiments, recent research developments, issues related to energy and the environment, and conceptually-based ways of presenting statistical physics and classical thermodynamics.
The foundational resources of the STP Collection are open source simulations with curricular material linked to the textbook, Thermal and Statistical Physics by Harvey Gould and Jan Tobochnik. Continue reading →
This is all in addition to planning and tweaking the details of a number of the other network websites (and maintaining the workflow-i.e. daily news stories). We’ve made some demonstrable progress, thanks to the help of my sons – all of whom are far better versed in the workings of the Web than I. Continue reading →