“By and large it is uniformly true that in mathematics that there is a time lapse between a mathematical discovery and the moment it becomes useful; and that this lapse can be anything from 30 to 100 years, in some cases even more; and that the whole system seems to function without any direction, without any reference to usefulness, and without any desire to do things which are useful.”
John von Neumann, Collected Works, VI, p.489 (
By way of themathkid.
“It’s like higher education has discovered the megachurch.”
David W. Wills, a professor of religious history at Amherst, on MOOCs.
Wills started out being open to MOOCs, he said. But the more he heard the more his concerns grew, and none of edX’s representatives seemed able to address them.
The language he heard from edX, he said, was the rhetoric of tech innovation—seemingly to the exclusion of anything else—and he worried about academia falling under hierarchical thrall to a few star professors.
From Laptop U - Has the future of college moved online? [New Yorker]
“Did you emerge from the head of your father’s dick as a fully formed baby? Congratulations, you’re probably a sea horse.”
“I instantly realized that everything in my life that I’d thought was unfixable was totally fixable—except for having just jumped.”