Time and Hard Sums

Friday, 17 April 2009, 10:58 | Category : Uncategorized
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I’ve been thinking recently that maybe there’s an elegant way of describing Time simply as difficulty. Mathematicians now have a charmingly naive term, “hardness,” for describing the relative knottiness of a calculation problem. If asked to give an explanation to a layperson, they will often say something like: “Well, suppose you had a perfect computer. […]

A Brilliant Ramshackle Redemptive Book

Tuesday, 14 April 2009, 17:59 | Category : Uncategorized
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I’m reading Michael Strong’s BE THE SOLUTION. It’s co-written with the most exciting entrepreneurial thinkers around, like Muhammad Yunus of the Grameen Bank, John Mackey the CEO of Whole Foods, Hernando de Soto the visionary Peruvian advocate of property rights, and others. I don’t usually like how-to books, and this is a how-to book about […]

Chi and Quantum Gravity

Friday, 10 April 2009, 10:14 | Category : Uncategorized
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This week I gave a paper at a conference on “Translating China” at the Confucius Institute center at my university, the University of Texas at Dallas. Helped by my wise assistant on these matters, Daisy Guo, I read a few of my translations of the great Tang Dynasty poets. One of the themes of the […]