Tuesday , November , 20 , 2018
The Institute Way Blog
Umiaq is defined as a large open Inuit or Eskimo boat made of skins stretched on a wooden frame, usually propelled by paddles. I looked it up only because my Words with Friends opponent just played that word. There are several possible explanations for this move. Maybe my friend of many years has recently become an expert in the Inuit culture. Maybe his linguistic genius is finally starting to gel, although that seems unlikely after years of unexceptional Scrabble play. Or more likely, he randomly guessed over and over until something was accepted.
Have you heard the common legend that scientists have proven that bumblebees, in terms of aerodynamics, can’t fly? This is a myth that came about because about eighty years ago an aerodynamicist made this statement based on an assumption that the bees’ wings were a smooth plane. It was reported by the media before the aerodynamicist actually...
There has been a lot of interest in my recent blog post: “Balanced Scorecard Gone Bad: What’s that Funky Smell?” Several people have posted comments and questions in various forums, but one in particular deserves special attention.
The rock music industry in 1991 was in transition. After about forty years of fans preferring rock music to country music by a reliably constant percentage, sales figures were indicating that preferences were shifting from rock to country. Was Garth Brooks popular enough to influence a dramatic shift? Or was there actually an underlying measurement problem?
I am an engineer by training and a math geek at heart. So articles about girls and math catch my eye. Did you know that researchers agree that one’s ability to excel at math and science is as much about attitude as it is about “natural gifts” or gender?