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The Best e-Readers for Musicians and Pianists | e-Reader - Goodereader

Michael Kozlowski, the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader explains, There are a number of e-readers with E Ink screens that have been developed and are aimed at musicians. 

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Most of these devices have Bluetooth and come with a number of accessories such as foot pedals or automatic page turns that sync with what you are playing.

Most dedicated sheet music e-readers are very expensive, since most feature dual screens, since traditionally sheet music has two pages displayed at the same time.

One of the big advances of e-reader products is that you can write your own music with a stylus and background templates. Additionally, you can edit existing music scores, adding in your own notes and annotations.

Here are our top picks of the best sheet music readers on the market. There is also links on where you can find out more or even buy it.
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What is an actuary? | Become an actuary - Institute and Faculty of Actuaries

Actuaries are more than maths. Find out what an actuary is, what they do and the actuarial profession.

What is an actuary?



Actuaries are highly regarded professionals; actuaries are problem solvers and strategic thinkers with a deep understanding of financial systems.  
Being an actuary means having highly valued mathematical skills and expertise

Actuaries come from different academic backgrounds but share a love of maths even if they haven’t done a maths degree. When you train as an actuary you’ll learn how to analyse data, evaluate financial risks, and communicate this data to non-specialists. 

An actuarial career can be one of the most diverse, exciting and rewarding in the world
Members of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) are part of a globally recognised profession and have internationally-recognised qualifications.
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MAA to honor authors of year's best writing in mathematics | EurekAlert

Awards for the year's best writing on mathematics will be given to Tom Leinster and Cathy O'Neill by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).

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Awards for the year's best writing on mathematics will be given to Tom Leinster and Cathy O'Neill by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). The award winners will receive their prizes on Jan. 17, 2019 at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, the world's largest gathering of mathematicians, in Baltimore. Leinster will receive the MAA Chauvenet Prize, awarded to the author of an outstanding expository article on a mathematical topic, for "Rethinking Set Theory," in The American Mathematical Monthly. O'Neill will receive the MAA Euler Book Prize, awarded annually to the author of an outstanding book about mathematics, for her book Weapons of Math Destruction.
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3 must-haves for a mobile learning environment | Teaching & Learning - eSchool News

Three educators share their favorite tools for teaching and learning on the go, according to Gary Lambert, director of 21st Century Learning at Beekmantown Central School District, Kendra LeRoy, 5th-grade math teacher in Southern Indiana and Michelle Zavaleta, director of psychological services in special education at Tulare City School District. 
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Gary Lambert: Wi-fi at home and on the bus
Beekmantown (NY) Central School District, a rural district of 2,070 students, was on a mission to be the most progressive educational institution in the area. When funds were earmarked for school wi-fi, we wanted to harness the Internet to provide a world-class education for every student in this district.

Our initiative to address digital equity issues began with the rollout of Kajeet SmartSpots for students who needed home Internet access...

Kendra LeRoy: Connecting to today’s smartphone-toting parents
I work in a group of four teachers who collaborate to teach the different subjects in 5th grade. To keep us all connected, we the use the parent-teacher app Bloomz to post announcements and updates to students’ parents individually or as a group.

Parents really appreciate the up-to-date posts about what is happening at school on the Bloomz newsfeed, which they can access right on their smartphones. They also like having the calendar to remind them about dress-up days, report cards, and meetings...

Michelle Zavaleta: Uniting the classroom with an audio system
So many pieces are needed to complete the puzzle of a mobile learning environment. Every school has its own unique challenges, and technology plays the important role of helping address those by supporting educators to continue providing superior lessons.

At Tulare (CA) City School District in 2011, we had a cluster of deaf and hard-of-hearing students for the first time in one class. 
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Harvard Business School finally puts its stamp on online learning | Digital Learning - Inside Higher Ed

HBX, the online learning platform of Harvard Business School, is getting a name change. Starting today, the platform will be known as Harvard Business School Online, reports Lindsay McKenzie, Technology Reporter at Inside Higher Ed.


For an Ivy League business school once wary of entering the online education space, the rebranding is significant. Nitin Nohria, dean of Harvard Business School, once famously proclaimed that the school would not enter the online education arena in his lifetime.

That was a decade ago. Nohria, like many faculty members and administrators at elite institutions who were initially skeptical of online learning, has since had a change of heart. The school’s online learning platform is now going strong and has been deemed worthy of the prestigious Harvard Business School name...

EdX and online learning provider Coursera are targeting a mass market with low-cost offerings, he said. But HBX sees itself as more high-end. “It’s like PC vs. Mac,” he said.

More than 40,000 students have now completed a course with HBX, said Mullane.
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Source: Inside Higher Ed

This Is the Future of Learning and Development | HR/Benefits - Inc.

Ryan Jenkins, Millennial and Generation Z speaker says, Here are eight seismic shifts that will impact how employees learn and develop in the future.

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Organizations that prioritize learning and development see improvements in talent attraction, employee engagement, market position, and more.
In addition, the rapidly evolving demands of the marketplace have 91 percent of learning and development leaders agreeing that the skills necessary for today's workforce have changed.
The eight shifts highlighted below will move learning and development from a nice-to-have company perk to an imperative talent strategy for every organization.

8 Big Shifts in Learning and Development 
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Source: Inc.

Drone crackdown coming in 2019 | ICT News - ACS

More surveillance and registration for recreational drone owners, continues Australian Computer Society.

Photo: ACSAustralian drone owners can expect stricter rules and regulations in 2019, as the civil aviation authority begins a nationwide crackdown.
 
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has revealed it is bolstering surveillance capabilities, while also implementing a new registration and accreditation scheme for recreational drones weighing over 250g.

CASA spokesperson Peter Gibson explained the changes will help the government to keep the skies safe...

Is this a crackdown?
While Gibson described the changes as a “drone safety crackdown”, the changes are also designed to help CASA communicate with drone owners more effectively, he explained.

“It gives us a way of directly communicating with people, so we’ll be able to offer ongoing support and information in terms of safely operating drones,” he said.

Communication can now be sent to drone owners regarding important safety issues, such as reminders to not operate a drone above a bushfire.
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Source: ACS

Ada's Algorithm: How Lord Byron's Daughter Ada Lovelace Launched the Digital Age | Biographies & Memoirs- Amazon.com

Check out this book by James Essinger entitled Ada's Algorithm: How Lord Byron's Daughter Ada Lovelace Launched the Digital Age.
 
Ada's Algorithm:
How Lord Byron's Daughter Ada Lovelace
Launched the Digital Age
Ada Lovelace may very well have conceived of computer science and she is often credited as the first person to write a computer program.
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Being Confident as a Child Might Have Made You Better at Math | Science - Interesting Engineering

Jessica Miley, European based freelance writer reports, New research shows children's personalities linked to academic performance. 

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New research shows that children's personalities might affect the way they perform in science and maths.

Psychology researchers from The University of Texas at Austin have found that personality traits such as such as intellectual curiosity and confidence, made children more adept to take on math and reading than characteristics typically used to describe conscientiousness, such as diligence and perseverance.

"Our findings provide additional knowledge on the complex set of skills that interact and give rise to differences in academic achievement between children, as well as the complexity of genetic architecture of academic achievement, which is made of many parts beyond intellect," said the study's lead author, Margherita Malanchini, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology and the Population Research Center at UT Austin...
Links between the ability to plan and proficiency in reading
The researchers found a strong relationship between the ability to plan, organize and complete tasks, skills known as executive functioning and competence in reading and math. 

The link was primarily related to genetic factors. The same children with high levels of executive functioning were more likely to display traits of openness, intellectual curiosity and confidence. 
The links were determined to be 60 percent shared genetic factors and 40 percent environmental factors. Interesting the researchers could not find the same links for personality characteristics describing how conscientious and diligent a child is.Read more... 

Kaili Rimfeld et al, The stability of educational achievement across school years is largely explained by genetic factors, npj Science of Learning (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41539-018-0030-0

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-09-genes-key-academic-success.html#jCpAdditional resources 
Kaili Rimfeld et al, The stability of educational achievement across school years is largely explained by genetic factors, npj Science of Learning (2018).  
DOI: 10.1038/s41539-018-0030-0

ili Rimfeld et al, The stability of educational achievement across school years is largely explained by genetic factors, npj Science of Learning (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41539-018-0030-0

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-09-genes-key-academic-success.html#jCpSource: Interesting Engineering

The Best New Books to Read This January | Arts & Culture - TownandCountrymag.com

Four standout new releases of the month—and one old favorite to revisit.

Photo: Courtesy of publishersThis month, dive into a memoir about the transformative power of literature, try a biography of a Hollywood It Girl, devour a novel about high crimes and fine China in 18th-century England, learn about the ways that innovators live fearlessly, or revisit a classic tale of American youth that has itself entered middle age. 
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11 New Books We Recommend This Week | Book Review - New York Times

Follow on Twitter as @GregoryCowlesSuggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times by Gregory Cowles, Senior Editor, Books.
How better to enter the new year than with a look back? History runs through many of this week’s recommended titles, from the fall of Rome to the birth of Islam to Michelangelo in 16th-century Constantinople. If Paris in the 1960s is your bag, Patrick Modiano has you covered. If you’re interested in the Harlem Renaissance but have never read Jean Toomer’s seminal 1923 novel “Cane,” which helped catalyze that movement, you might add it to your list of resolutions. If you’re curious about the Philippine-American War and its lasting impact — inescapable in the Philippines, mostly ignored in America — then Gina Apostol’s novel “Insurrecto” offers an improbably fun, and funny, guide. (When you’re done with that, maybe pick up another satire out of Asia. Yan Lianke’s “The Day the Sun Died” or Gengoroh Tagame’s “My Brother’s Husband: Volume 2” both fit the bill.)
We round things out with a debut novel about London and two books by notable critics: a memoir of love and reading late in life by the literary critic Susan Gubar, and a collection of film writing by the movie critic A. S. Hamrah.
Happy 2019, everyone.
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Source: New York Time  

New first-year courses integrate foundational math and physics with modern engineering challenges | Academics - Princeton University

Princeton Professor Andrew Houck’s calculus students had just finished grappling with a set of equations on the forces of tension and gravity when he pulled a large pendulum back to his shoulder and let it go, continues Princeton University.

Professor Andrew Houck teaches a calculus course, “The Mathematics of Shape and Motion.”
Photo: Tori Repp/FotobuddyThe copper disk swayed back and forth in front of the blackboard as Houck directed the students to time its swings. He later explained that the math describing the pendulum’s motion could be used to tackle practical problems such as using vibrations of atoms to detect pollutants or minimizing the shaking of skyscrapers in an earthquake. 

Houck’s course, “The Mathematics of Shape and Motion,” is part of a new sequence of courses for first-year undergraduates in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. The courses present the same math and physics as more traditional course offerings, but place a greater emphasis on problem-solving in the context of modern engineering challenges.
Houck, a professor of electrical engineering, said faculty members wanted to provide students with more meaningful exposure to engineering in their first year.  Beginning in 2014, he chaired a strategic planning committee that reviewed the engineering school’s undergraduate program, and later led a team of faculty who developed the new courses. The courses were piloted during the 2017-18 academic year with the aim of boosting student retention rates in engineering.
“Over the years, huge numbers of students who wanted to be engineers have taken themselves out of the game,” he said. With the new approach, “they’re going to be engineers, and they are going to do amazing things.”...
During the planning process, Houck and his colleagues concluded that, by building on these students’ interest and enthusiasm for engineering, a new set of courses could help increase retention. 
Houck noted that a disproportionate number of students who opt to leave the school are from groups underrepresented in engineering, contributing to the “leaky pipeline” that impedes diversity in the field. The conventional first-year curriculum contributed to the leak, Houck said, and the school was determined to make improvements. 
A major goal of the new courses, Houck explained, is “to have a diversity of approaches so that students can find the right onramp into the school of engineering — so that we don’t just filter away students for whom the one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work. We want students to leave engineering only if they find something else that’s even more exciting to them.”Read more...
Source: Princeton University

Teaching with drones: coming to a classroom near you? | Technology and new media - Times Higher Education

Anna McKie, reporter covering teaching, learning and student issues, as well as higher education in Africa and the Middle East reports, Robots and drones should be part of teaching and learning, says report looking into teaching trends in 2019.

Photo: Times Higher Education Lecturers should use drones and robots to enhance their teaching as technological advances begin to roll out of the laboratory and into the classroom, according to a report.

“Drone-based learning” and “learning with robots” are identified as two of the main trends in Innovating Pedagogy 2019, Exploring new forms of teaching, learning and assessment, to guide educators and policy makers, the annual report from the Open University outlining what will influence teaching in coming years.

Identifying robots and drones is “not about the fact that they are exciting new technologies but about the possibilities they open up and how they can benefit teachers and learners”, according to Rebecca Ferguson, an editor of the report and a senior lecturer at the OU...

They can also be used in teaching mathematics, by, say, having students predict flight times or land drones in particular places identified through mathematical problem-solving, it says.

“Drones are becoming such a pervasive technology that many students will benefit from early introduction to them before going on to interact with them regularly either at work or in everyday life,” the report says.
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Source: Times Higher Education (THE)   

Here’s Why Machine Learning Wins Hands Down Against Conventional Programming | Opinions - Analytics India Magazine

In this article, we look at the key ways in which machine learning programming dramatically differs from conventional computing, writes Disha Misal, Found a way to Data Science and AI though her fascination for Technology. 

Photo: datafloqEver since its commencement, machine learning has been on a quest to transform the programming industry, in the most fundamental ways. It has been dubbed as the ‘part of AI that works’. According to PayScale, the average pay for a data scientist, IT with Machine Learning skills is INR 855,503 per year.

James Scott, Senior Fellow, Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology, had written, “Signature-based malware detection is dead. Machine learning based Artificial Intelligence is the most potent defense to the next gen adversary and the mutating hash.” 

In Conclusion 
Clearly, machine learning wins in many ways against conventional computing. But it must be noted that, even in machine learning, there are different methods, and one algorithm would not suit to solve all the problems. Conventional computing is better for easy tasks and machine learning for a more complicated bunch of problems. As a whole, machine learning wins over conventional computing and it is rightly gaining the popularity in the job market today.
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Source: Analytics India Magazine

Machine learning can offer new tools, fresh insights for the humanities | Gaming & Culture - Ars Technica

From the French Revolution to the history of the novel, Big Data makes its mark, as Ars Technica reports. 

Photo: Composite image based on Jacques-Louis David's unfinished painting, "Drawing of the Tennis Court Oath" (circa 1790).Truly revolutionary political transformations are naturally of great interest to historians, and the French Revolution at the end of the 18th century is widely regarded as one of the most influential, serving as a model for building other European democracies. A paper published last summer in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, offers new insight into how the members of the first National Constituent Assembly hammered out the details of this new type of governance.

Specifically, rhetorical innovations by key influential figures (like Robespierre) played a critical role in persuading others to accept what were, at the time, audacious principles of governance, according to co-author Simon DeDeo, a former physicist who now applies mathematical techniques to the study of historical and current cultural phenomena. And the cutting-edge machine learning methods he developed to reach that conclusion are now being employed by other scholars of history and literature.

It's part of the rise of so-called "digital humanities." As more and more archives are digitized, scholars are applying various analytical tools to those rich datasets, such as Google N-gram, Bookworm, and WordNet. Tagged and searchable archives mean connecting the dots between different records is much easier. Close reading of selected sources—the traditional method of historians—gives a deep but narrow view. Quantitative computational analysis has the potential to combine that kind of close reading with a broader, more generalized bird's-eye approach that might reveal hidden patterns or trends that otherwise might have escaped notice.

"It's like any other tool and can be used for good or bad; it depends on how you use it," said co-author Rebecca Spang, a historian at Indiana University Bloomington. "Crucially, one thing this so-called 'distant reading' can do is help us identify new questions and things we could not have recognized as questions reading in the slow, close way that human individuals read." Small wonder that an increasing number of historians is applying these kinds of digital tools to the growing number of digitized archives. Stanford University historian Caroline Winterer, for instance, has used the digitized letters of Benjamin Franklin to map his "social network," revealing a picture of his rise to global prominence that was previously hidden...

Ted Underwood, a literature professor at the University of Illinois, is using DeDeo's tools to analyze the text of 40,000 novels spanning two centuries. Underwood originally specialized in British Romantic literature, focusing on individual authors and books. But he now focuses on longer time scales "because that's the scale where I think we know the least," he said.

DeDeo's method is particularly suited for that kind of analysis. They met at one of Piper's McGill 
workshops, where DeDeo spoke on using text mining to study the novel. "I'm on record as saying the talk made me want to run immediately out of the room and try and apply it to lit history to see what we can learn," said Underwood.
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Source: Ars Technica

From math to meaning: Artificial intelligence blends algorithms and applications | Data Science - Princeton University

This article was originally published in the University’s annual research magazine Discovery: Research at Princeton.
Artificial intelligence is already a part of everyday life. It helps us answer questions like “Is this email spam?” It identifies friends in online photographs, selects news stories based on our politics and helps us deposit checks via our phones — if all somewhat imperfectly, argues Kevin McElwee for the Office of the Dean for Research.
 
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But these applications are just the beginning. Through advances in computer science, researchers are creating new capabilities that have the potential to improve our lives in ways we have yet to imagine. Princeton researchers are at the forefront of this research, from the theoretical underpinnings to the new apps and devices to the ethical considerations.
Attempts at building intelligent systems are as old as computers themselves. Early efforts often involved directly programming rules of behavior into a system. For example, researchers might input the laws of motion to control a robotic arm. But the resulting behaviors usually fell short.
With artificial intelligence, computers learn from experience. Through “machine learning,” a subfield of artificial intelligence, computers are programmed to make choices, learn from the outcomes, and adjust to feedback from the environment.
Machine learning is transforming scholarship across campus, said Jennifer Rexford, Princeton’s Gordon Y.S. Wu Professor in Engineering and chair of the computer science department. 
“Princeton has a very long tradition of strong work in computer science and mathematics, and we have many departments that are just top notch, combined with an emphasis on serving humanity,” Rexford said. “You just don’t get that everywhere.”Read more...
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What Is Artificial Intelligence? Examples and News in 2019 | Technology - TheStreet Tech

Anne Sraders, Author - TheStreet explains, Artificial intelligence, or AI, is the use of computer science programming to imitate human thought and action by analyzing data and surroundings, solving or anticipating problems and learning or self-teaching to adapt to a variety of tasks.

Photo: iStock Chances are, you're exposed to artificial intelligence every day. Whether you're browsing your Facebook (FB - Get Report) feed or talking to Apple's (AAPL - Get Report) Siri, you're interacting with artificial intelligence. 

And artificial intelligence has been the cause of many of the technological breakthroughs in the past several years - from robots to Tesla (TSLA - Get Report) . But while there are certainly naysayers to the technological development, AI seems set to become the future of predictive tech. 

But, what actually is artificial intelligence, and how does it work? Better still, how is AI being used in 2019? 
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Source: TheStreet Tech

More than 50K books, other works from 1923 now public domain | LocalNews8.com

AJ Willingham, writer for CNN Digital in Atlanta inform, Works released as of Jan. 1.

Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images The particularities of copyright law may not seem like the most fascinating of subjects, but if you like good movies, literature, art and poetry -- especially it when they're easy to find and possibly even free -- then you'll want to hear this.

As of January 1, tens of thousands of works from 1923 have been released into the public domain 
from creators like Charlie Chaplin, Cecil B. DeMille, Louis Armstrong, Bela Bartok, Agatha Christie and e.e. cummings.

What does it mean to be in the public domain? In short, it means no one holds the copyright to the work, so it can be broadcasted, consumed, remixed or re-imagined without having to pay royalties to a copyright holder.
This opens the door for all kinds of nifty things:
  • Public domain books, for instance, are often offered for free on e-readers (here's a good list of some new public domain freebies).
  • Movies in the public domain can be more easily broadcast on television and distributed more widely.
  • Public domain music can be used for background tracks on your YouTube vlogs.
  • Books, poems and works of art can be used for educational purposes, and poems can be, say, set to music.
This newly accessible gold mine of creative works is relatively rare. Thanks to changing laws and thorny international copyright systems, such a release hasn't happened in two decades.
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Source: LocalNews8.com

E-Reader trends and statistics for 2019 | e-Reader - Goodereader

E-Readers are becoming really popular again and more new devices were released in 2018, than other other year, says Michael Kozlowski, the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader.

Photo: GoodereaderThere are a few reasons why people are buying more e-readers and screen size is a big one, no pun intended. You can elect to go with a pocket friendly 6 inch display or 6.8. There are numerous other screen sizes available and they go upwards to 13.3 inches. There is also more choice than ever before, you can go with basic model e-reader such as the Kindle, Clara HD or Tolino Shine 3 or a mid level e-reader with audiobook functionality such as the Pocketbook Touch HD 3, Kindle Paperwhite 4 or the Onyx Boox Nova. There are also high-end e-readers that cost over $300 and max out at around $999, most of these double as digital note taking devices such as the Remarkable, Sony Digital Paper, Onyx Boox MAX 2 PRO.

The big trend in the e-reader industry in 2018 was audiobooks. Amazon included Audible functionality via Bluetooth in every single Kindle e-reader on the market. Onyx Boox, Pocketbook, Boyue and many other companies also have e-readers in their portfolio with Bluetooth or stereo speakers for audio...

E-Reader Predictions for 2019 
  • E-Readers will continue to grow in popularity, as people with older devices will upgrade to new ones.
  • Amazon will release the Kindle Voyage 2.
  • Onyx will expand upon their new color e-paper technology and develop a mainstream product.
  • Color E Ink will not happen in 2019.
  • There will be at least one e-reader with a 500 PPI screen from Plastic Logic or Fujitsu, more companies will follow suit.
  • Kobo will release an e-reader with an IMX.7 dual core processor and audiobook functionality.
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Source: Goodereader

Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition, and the Perils of Science's Highest Honor | Books - Amazon

Take a closer look at Brian Keating's book entitled "Losing the Nobel Prize". 
 
Losing the Nobel Prize:
A Story of Cosmology, Ambition,
and the Perils of Science's Highest Honor
Brian Keating hasn’t won a Nobel Prize. But Keating, professor of physics at UC San Diego, had a good chance at winning. That's what his book is about.
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Source: Amazon

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