That science has benefited immensely from technological advances in the last few decades, or even the last century, is a fact. But one research tool that many scientists would argue need not be improved is the handwritten field notebook.Learn more about the art of scientific field notes and illustration in the new book Field Notes on Science & Nature, edited by Michael Canfield.Even as powerful digital cameras and high-definition video recorders have enabled scientists to capture more visual data than ever before, there’s something about a drawing that cannot be captured digitally. And the act of making and annotating an illustration itself can help a scientist better understand a subject better.The new book Field Notes on Science & Nature, edited by Harvard University biologist Michael Canfield, makes a compelling case for the value of scientific journals and field notebooks and contains some beautiful and impressive examples of the craft.
Lots of links on general engineering interest websites and blogs.
An opportunity for non-native speaking graduate students to communicate in English online with researchers in their field.
Just as retirees scour FamilyTree.com for evidence that they’re descendants of famous people, mathematicians are diagramming who their adviser was advised by, who their adviser’s adviser’s adviser was, and so forth. This nerdy pastime has been formalized on the Mathematics Genealogy Project website, run by North Dakota State University. There’s some scientific usefulness to this—a team at Northwestern used the database to discover that more mentoring corresponds with higher publication rates.
Project Euler is a series of challenging mathematical/computer programming problems that will require more than just mathematical insights to solve. Although mathematics will help you arrive at elegant and efficient methods, the use of a computer and programming skills will be required to solve most problems.
via Project Euler.
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