Interview with a Data Scientist: Thomas Levi

This is part of my ongoing series of interviews with Data Scientists. Thomas Levi is a Data Scientist at Plenty of Fish (POF) an online dating website based in Vancouver. Thomas has a background in theoretical physics and at one point did string theory. Recently a lot of his work has involved topic models and… Continue reading Interview with a Data Scientist: Thomas Levi

Programming as an essential skill

In discussions about jobs and the future. We sometimes make references to skills. In educational communities people speak of ‘transferable skills’ and ‘critical thinking’. Recently its become fashionable to discuss STEM. On this blog I’ve written some things about this. The following articles re-inspired my interest On Reviews in Depth: Why everyone should learn to… Continue reading Programming as an essential skill

Twitter co-founder on Computational Thinking

I’ve long been a fan of Jack Dorsey, and I came across this excellent article about an interview on Charlie Rose. Gary Stager a school reformer and Educational reformer speaks very well about Jack Dorsey. When we speak of using Computing in education, we often forget that in the words of Mitch Reznick ‘the computer… Continue reading Twitter co-founder on Computational Thinking

Learning as Debugging

Recently in Luxembourg there was a talk on ‘Mathematics Education’. As always being interested in STEM and the cultivation of learning and thinking, I found this fascinating. I came across on Robert Talbert’s excellent blog, the following: Yes! As somebody once said, true learning consists in the debugging process. And that’s where the fun in… Continue reading Learning as Debugging

Procepts in Mathematics education

Todays blog post is a bit different to some of my views on politics, or current affairs. Its back closer to my student life as a Mathematics Masters student. Inevitably when one enjoy mathematics and physics one gets involved in giving tutorial classes or helping friends and family. Mathematics is something that we all agree… Continue reading Procepts in Mathematics education

Cognitive toolbox

Each year the Edge foundation has a question. This years has been more interesting than most. I’ve been asking people about this for some time, hence the need to blog about it. “What scientific concept would improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit?” Or, to paraphrase, how might people alter the way they interpret the information they take… Continue reading Cognitive toolbox