Monthly Archives: February 2013


Following yet another contretemps with an academic publisher, I feel the need for a word to describe the mangling process carried out by over-zealous copy-editors who appear to have read The Elements of Style and no other book in the … Continue reading

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Dyer’s hand

More notes from the Tech College… Digging around among the institutional histories, I came across a reference to¬†The Education of Civil and Mechanical Engineers¬†(E. & F. N. Spon, London, 1880) by Professor Henry Dyer, later a life governor of the … Continue reading

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Beyond the pail

Earlier this week, a colleague tells me, a student walked out of one of his lectures in protest. This wasn’t exactly the spirit of ’68 revived. The lecture was part of an introductory course in classical mechanics, and the student’s … Continue reading

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