Monthly Archives: August 2012

“The first signs of trouble came without warning”

The title comes from John Eligon, writing in the Times about how the ongoing drought in the Midwest is causing well failures as the water table falls.  Actually the article is well worth a read. The Times also has a … Continue reading

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Headline writers on autopilot

The headline Romney’s Choice for His Running Mate Shakes Up Contest currently on the front page of the Times website makes it sound like the article was written as a Mad-Lib, just waiting until the announcement so that the name … Continue reading

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UVA, the humanities, and what self-interested mathematicians should do

Some belated congratulations are due to the students and faculty at the University of Virginia: after the bizarre firing of the popular university president, their protests resulted in the Board of Rectors unanimously reversing itself and reinstating her.  The whole … Continue reading

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