Archive for the 'Education' Category

Technological Change in Education

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Over the last few years I have been viewing college lectures on line, mostly from AcademicEarth. In watching the lectures, I notice that some professors write their material on the blackboard with chalk. This is what everyone did back when I was in school. But, many professors now project their material, using a tool such […]


Thursday, June 17th, 2010

I just finished looking at another set of lectures from the web site AcademicEarth. This class was on game theory, taught by Professor Benjamin Polak at Yale. This was, in a very real sense, a follow on to a class I took 45 years ago when in college. That class was taught by Thomas Shelling, […]

Cause of the Civil War

Monday, June 7th, 2010

A year ago I watched on-line the lectures for a class at Yale about the Civil War. The professor mentioned a book by Charles B. Dew, “Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War“. Dew is a professor of history at Williams, but his southern roots run very deep. Since […]


Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Periodically I watch the lectures for a college class online, typically using the site AcademicEarth. Most recently I viewed the lectures for a Yale biology class on Evolution, Ecology and Behavior by Stephen Stearns. This was a really good experience, though I did think Professor Stearns got a few things wrong. On the other hand, […]


Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Periodically I watch a series of lectures from a college class online, typically from Academic Earth. I recently finished watching the UCLA class by Courtenay Raia titled “Science, Magic, and Religion”. In this context, magic was magical mysticism like astrology, but the course focused primarily on science and religion. Professor Raia described how science, which […]


Thursday, May 7th, 2009

My latest effort at AcademicEarth was an introductory class in astronomy/astrophysics. This was not like a typical introductory class, which would look at a field in breadth. This class looked at 3 topics in some considerable depth (for an introductory class): Extra-solar planets Black Holes Dark Energy (and Dark Matter) The instructor, Charles Bailyn (Thomas […]

Second Course from AcademicEarth

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Even though I am not yet done with the reading from my previous course (Yale’s Civil War class) from AcademicEarth, I just finished watching the lectures for a second course, an introductory computer science class at Harvard. Note, many would find it amusing that someone who worked for multiple decades on computer software got around […]

Civil War Reading

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

I just finished reading James M. McPherson’s Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam. The book provides a summary of the Civil War up to that battle, putting in context, then the battle itself and its aftermath. Antietam is arguably the most important battle of the Civil War: It was the bloodiest single day of the war, with […]


Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

For some years now, I have been saying to myself that I am finally ready for a college education. Not that I didn’t get one, decades ago, but now I am in the position where I could truly benefit from one. That is, in the sense that I think that I finally know enough that […]