A checklist for those making graphs
from Stephanie Evergreen
and Ann Emery
. This is a useful tool for teaching scientists and others some of the rules of data presentation in graph form.
The depth of the problem
- this WaPo infographic hints at the immense challenges
that Australian and Chinese search teams will face in recovering the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 black box
from its suspected location at the bottom of the Indian Ocean
How The Economic Machine Works by Ray Dalio
 actually makes a case against austerity
 and for redistribution, but also for money printing
(and, arguably, for bailouts), while stressing the need to keep making productivity-improving public
investments. However, it could be equally entitled: How The Industrial Age Political-Economy Doesn't Work Anymore
, viz. Surviving Progress (2011)
... [more inside]
A Black Hole Mystery Wrapped in a Firewall Paradox
- "A paradox around matter leaking from black holes puts into question various scientific axioms: Either information can be lost; Einstein's principle of equivalence is wrong; or quantum field theory needs fixing." [more inside]
Is Psychometric g a Myth?
- "As an online discussion about IQ or general intelligence grows longer, the probability of someone linking to statistician Cosma Shalizi's essay g, a Statistical Myth
approaches 1. Usually the link is accompanied by an assertion to the effect that Shalizi offers a definitive refutation of the concept of general mental ability, or psychometric g
." [more inside]
- providing tools for creating interactive data visualizations for the web
The New Biology
- Eric Schadt's quest to upend molecular biology and open source it. (via
How We Know.
An essay about information theory
in the New York Review of Books by Freeman Dyson
, building off a review of James Gleick's The Information
. [more inside]
The journal Nature: "Wikipedia comes close to Britannica
in terms of the accuracy of its science entries."
Nature had experts review articles from both encyclopedias. (Also, 10% of Nature authors contribute to Wikipedia.)
The Logic of Diversity
"A new book, The Wisdom of Crowds
] by The New Yorker
columnist James Surowiecki, has recently popularized the idea that groups can, in some ways, be smarter than their members, which is superficially similar to Page's results
. While Surowiecki gives many examples of what one might call collective cognition, where groups out-perform isolated individuals, he really has only one explanation for this phenomenon, based on one of his examples: jelly beans [...
] averaging together many independent, unbiased guesses gives a result that is probably closer to the truth than any one guess. While true — it's the central limit theorem
of statistics — it's far from being the only way in which diversity
can be beneficial in problem solving." (Three-Toed Sloth)