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  • William's Razor

    April 05, 2020 14:16

    In philosophy there's the idea of Ockham's Razor, attributed to English William of Ockham (c. 1287–1347), which states that given two solutions to a problem, if they have the same outcomes but one is simpler than the other, choose the simpler.(more )

  • 2020 April 2: Solving for X

    April 02, 2020 14:22

    There is a sense in which our usual math education misrepresents how math is done in the real world of science and engineering. In high school algebra in particular we 'solve for x', and the one-and-only correct answer can be found in the back of the book. In math, "solving for X" like this is called "a closed form solution" --- that is, by moving symbols around in the correct manner we can arrive at The Solution.(more )

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