## Bengt Holmström on contemporary trends

MIT Professor and former Nobel Prize winning economist, Bengt Holmström, known mostly for his interesting work in contra...

## Latour’s revision, objects and “truth”

One may have noticed something distinct about the title of this essay, namely that I have enclosed the word "truth" in q...

## Free Will, Determinism and Probabilities

The debate about which triumphs, free will or determinism, can on many occasions feel so unsatisfying. Over the years I'...

## Differentiate sin(sin(sinx))

In passing I came across this expression the other day, \ To put it in words, we have a composite function: th...

## Merging of two gold nanoparticles

There's a wonderful video (see above) that has been circulating of Au nanoparticles merging under an electron transmis...

## Leibniz Rule: Differentiating under the integral sign (special case)

I recently wrote a short piece on the general case of the Leibniz Rule. In that article I alluded to how there is also...

## Leibniz Rule: Differentiating under the integral (general case)

Evaluating integrals has over time become one of my favourite activities. Whether it is by parts or by substitution ...

## Galileo’s Dialogues Concerning Two New Sciences

One afternoon, during a particularly difficult day, I found my way to Galileo's Dialogues Concerning Two New Sciences. I...

## x^x^x^2017=2017 – A fun problem with a unique and sad history

I was sent this problem a few weeks ago by a physicist who I work with privately on a weekly basis (on the side of m...

I have been reading, working through and thinking a lot about Roger Penrose's magnum opus, The Road to Reality: A Comple...

## How I taught myself calculus – Some intuitive reasoning

When I first taught myself calculus prior to more formal learning, I already had an idea of the concept of differentiati...

## Why 0!=1 – Talking math and terminal access code decryption in No Man’s Sky

Several months ago I made a video on a particular terminal access code decrypt problem that I had come across in No Man'...

## Electronegativity: Why does sodium chloride (NaCl) dissolve in water but not silicon dioxide?

R.C. Smith This was one of my favourite types of questions when first learning the physics of chemistry. The answer...

## Law of conservation of energy and common states of matter

There are four common states of matter. Thinking about them raises some interesting points of insight regarding systems ...

## Brownian Motion

R.C. Smith In the past I have regularly written about and reflected on numerous examples with regards to the practice...