Chaim Potok, author of The Chosen, has passed away from brain cancer. He was 73. "Whether we're talking about 10 years from now or 30 years from now," said Robert Gottlieb, Potok's editor for over three decades and former editor-in-chief of both the New Yorker and Alfred A. Knopf, "The Chosen will be in print, and thousands and thousands of people will discover it and be moved and educated by it." Shalom, Mr. Potok.
Math professor says the best hitter in the lineup shouldn't bat fourth, he should bat second.
Joanne Jacobs discusses the poor state of (some) high school economics teaching. She quotes a college professor who held workshops for high school teachers who said things like "What if I don't believe in GDP?" She also quotes Russell Roberts: "The biggest thing that would improve (high school economics) would be to stop doing stock market simulations, which encourage bad investment behavior--high-risk individual stock-picking--and have only a little to do with economics." Amen!
Big surprise: Congress plays accounting tricks, too.
Some French race fans are booing Lance Armstrong.
Review of Reckoning with Risk. According to the review, if someone takes medication for "moderately" high blood pressure, ". . . the chances are far greater that it will do them harm, albeit slight, than that it will do them good, albeit great." Also talks about how the lawyers on both sides of the O.J. Simpson trial botched statistics. (Very nice application on Bayes Theorem.)
In case you can't wait to see them on store shelves, here's a sneak preview of forthcoming candies. (Jalapeno fudge? Tire tread licorice?? Butt-Ugly Martians Candy Tarts???)
Lindows computers sold by WalMart are "well-intentioned but flawed."
Markov chain analysis reveals that Tiger has a 30% chance of winning the Grand Slam over his career, 80% chance of winning another "Tiger slam."