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Week 305

If any of you would like to do me a huge favor, please post a comment or question on week305. So far Tim and David have posted some comments about computer languages, but there are lots of other issues at stake here, such as:

when will have committed ourselves to causing the main current system in the Atlantic ocean to shut down?

how will we know?

what will happen if this occurs?

what other "climate change commitments" should we be worrying about?

what can scientists do to tackle these issues?

what can probability theorists and statisticians do?

and so on. A lot of big questions, with lots and lots of smaller sub-questions.

I'm really trying to get people interested in these questions - I believe they are among main issues of our time - so the limited response to "week305" thus far has me a bit bummed out. If you say something over there (not here!) it may trigger a bit more discussion.

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  • 1.

    Hopefully the fact that it appeared on both Friday and, in the UK, Bonfire Night may just mean that people were away from their computers rather than uninterested. Certainly I'm very impressed by the amount of energy you've got and the quality of the work you're doing.

    Comment Source:Hopefully the fact that it appeared on both Friday and, in the UK, Bonfire Night may just mean that people were away from their computers rather than uninterested. Certainly I'm very impressed by the amount of energy you've got and the quality of the work you're doing.
  • 2.
    edited November 2010

    Thanks, David! A new issue of This Week's Finds is a bit like a newborn baby — I'm proud of it and want everyone to look at it. This tendency doubled when I switched from pure math to subjects that I feel should concern more people. I have to control myself.

    I've spent many years noticing the patterns that govern when people read blog entries, and it seems that Monday, when people return to work, is the peak time. I find this odd because I blog most, and read the most blog entries, when I'm not working.

    (For example, this Friday was a holiday here — Deepavali — which gave me time to finish up "week305".)

    Comment Source:Thanks, David! A new issue of This Week's Finds is a bit like a newborn baby &mdash; I'm proud of it and want everyone to look at it. This tendency doubled when I switched from pure math to subjects that I feel should concern more people. I have to control myself. I've spent many years noticing the patterns that govern when people read blog entries, and it seems that Monday, when people return to work, is the peak time. I find this odd because I blog most, and read the most blog entries, when I'm <i>not</i> working. <img src = "http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/emoticons/rolleyes.gif" alt = ""/> (For example, this Friday was a holiday here &mdash; Deepavali &mdash; which gave me time to finish up "week305".)
  • 3.

    Certainly I'm very impressed by the amount of energy you've got and the quality of the work you're doing.

    Dito! I'd like to add that there is a lot of material, so I think I'll have to read some more introductory stuff first and come back with better questions later...

    I've spent many years noticing the patterns that govern when people read blog entries, and it seems that Monday, when people return to work, is the peak time. I find this odd because I blog most, and read the most blog entries, when I'm not working.

    When you have to spend Mo-Fr 9:00 to 18:00 in front of a computer (well, at least half the time, the other half of the time I talk to people and attend meetings), you try to stay away from those things on the weekend.

    I wouldn't be here, I guess, if I did not have to do some work I did not get to finish yesterday...

    Comment Source:<blockquote> <p> Certainly I'm very impressed by the amount of energy you've got and the quality of the work you're doing. </p> </blockquote> Dito! I'd like to add that there is a lot of material, so I think I'll have to read some more introductory stuff first and come back with better questions later... <blockquote> <p> I've spent many years noticing the patterns that govern when people read blog entries, and it seems that Monday, when people return to work, is the peak time. I find this odd because I blog most, and read the most blog entries, when I'm not working. </p> </blockquote> When you have to spend Mo-Fr 9:00 to 18:00 in front of a computer (well, at least half the time, the other half of the time I talk to people and attend meetings), you try to stay away from those things on the weekend. I wouldn't be here, I guess, if I did not have to do some work I did not get to finish yesterday...
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