Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Python issue of Computing in Science and Engineering available

The May/June issue of Computing in Science and Engineering is out and has a Python theme. I thought some of you may be interested in reading it.

PS: I'm glad that the 06/07 class has started joining this blog! I hope more people will write here! Cheers, Ana.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Ig Nobel Prize

Have you ever heard about these prizes? They are a satire of the Nobel Prizes and are given each year around the time the recipients of the genuine Nobel Prizes are announced.

As far as I've read, the prizes are presented by genuine Nobel Laureates, originally at a ceremony in a lecture hall at MIT, but now in Harvard University. The ceremony is followed a few days later by the Ig Informal Lectures at the MIT, in which laureates have the opportunity to explain their achievements and their relevance to the general public.

See the list of past winners here! It's so funny!

How has someone thought in calculating the number of photographs one must take to (almost) ensure that nobody in a group photo will have their eyes closed? And what about the study that tries to determine why, when you bend dry spaghetti, it often breaks into more than two pieces? :) These were the 2006 Maths and Physics' winners, respectively!