Both Students And Professors Need Certification, and the Elsevier Boycott

I’ve written before about the evils of grading (for example, see here and here), the main purpose of which is to make certifying students easy. Our current grading system in mathematics is counterproductive to learning (students are inhibited from engaging in essential learning activities out of the fear that is naturally induced by typical high-stakes … Read more

Scott Aaronson’s Doofusino Theory

Scott Aaronson has a delightful blog, where he discusses quantum computation and computational complexity in a very light-hearted style. He’s a great writer and very instructive. A good example of his satire is his classic creation, doofusino theory. (This post first appeared at my other (now deleted) blog, and was transferred to this blog on … Read more