Monthly Archives: October 2011

Aggravating factorials

This week, fool that I am, I’ve been marking a homework question that involves factorials. The question was intended to identify weaknesses in the students’ understanding, and in that sense it’s been a success. Advertisements

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On the threshold of what?

A contact, who I’ll not identify beyond saying that he’s another HE teacher junior even to me, is currently enduring an education course as part of his probation. Such courses often seem to reflect the research interests of the course … Continue reading

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Courtney, courtesy and conversation

Earlier this week I found myself in mild disagreement with a colleague about the infamous “Social Text affair” and some of the subsequent follow-ups — in particular Sokal and Bricmont’s book Intellectual Impostures. My colleague’s argument is probably more subtle than … Continue reading

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