Monthly Archives: June 2012

Who is Thomas Gradgrind?

Thomas Gradgrind, sir. A caricature. An embodied attitude. An idiom, sir, a handy tool for writers on education to reach for and to bring whistling down upon the heads of their adversaries. Gradgrindery! Gradgrindian! “Give me your definition of Thomas … Continue reading

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Syracuse, Trinity and the mathematical magus complex

The story of G. I. Taylor and the atomic bomb is well established in the folklore of applied mathematics, and has become a staple of introductory courses on dimensional analysis. As commonly told, it runs something like this.

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