Monthly Archives: February 2007

Do you have more time to waste?

Try this:

You swing from wires to try to go as far as you can. You fling them by click on the screen and the wire shoots towards the direction of the click. It will stick to the brightly colored regions for a few seconds but then release. Very Tarzan-like, AHH-ahh-ahha-haahhha! (FYI: That was my Tarzan voice)

UPDATE: My record is 70.46 91.74 137.36

HT: Tumbleo

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Faith and Science: Historical Case Studies

Class Date: Friday, February 16, 2007

Dr. Boyd was in charge for another day. This time he covered topics from the history of science as an illustration of how science progresses. Using specific case studies from the history of scientific endeavor, we learn some important principles that undergird how we understand science as it is today.

Below are some of the topics that we touched on in this class:

  1. The UV Catastrophe: This serves as a good case study to see how scientific revolutions occur as well as a lesson about the dangers of extrapolation
  2. Causality: the difficulty of assessing the cause from the effect. Wearing skirts causes an increased likelihood of breast cancer
  3. Did Science arise in a Christian World? Did the Christian World help to create modern science? (see Eric Snow’s Paper)
  4. Positivism vs. Realism
  5. Galileo
  6. Michael Faraday
  7. Isaac Newton

Friday Random 10

I almost missed it again, but I didn’t forget. Here’s another edition of the Friday Random 10:

  1. “Sinking” by Jars of Clay (Jars of Clay)
  2. “Blessed Be The Name” by Andy Park (25 Top Vineyard Worship Songs)
  3. “I’ll Fly Away” by the Blackwood Brothers
  4. “A Lover’s Concerto” by The Toys
  5. “Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in E Flat Minor / D sharp Minor” by The Canadian Brass (The Essential Canadian Brass)
  6. “Any Man of Mine” by Shania Twain (Greatest Hits)
  7. “Great is Thy Faithfulness” by The Cathedrals
  8. “Hold On” by Selah (The Best of America)
  9. “In the Secret (I Want to Know You)” (Vineyard Music, Season of Renewal:The River is Here)
  10. “Such a Groovy Guy” by Weird Al Yankovic (Weird Al Yankovic)

Also, I am sorry for the light posting this week. I have been fairly busy due to events on the job front and I will be posting regarding this in the near future.

Friday Random 10 (late)

Sorry I missed Friday’s Random 10. That makes this, technically, a Monday Random 10 but we’ll overlook it this once.

  1. “Chevette” by Audio Adrenaline (Hit Parade)
  2. “More Than the Watchmen” by Jeremy Casella/Rebecca St. James (Worship God)
  3. “What If I Stumble?” by dc Talk (Jesus Freak) – One of my All-Time Favorites!!!
  4. “I Thank You, Lord” by Alicia Williamson (New Orleans Homecoming)
  5. “He Understands My Tears” by The Isaacs (New Orleans Homecoming)
  6. “He Didn’t Have To But He Did” by Shiloh Quartet (Jesus Knows Who I Am)
  7. “Sixteen Candles” by The Crests (Happy Days 50’s And 60’s)
  8. “We Will Dance” by David Ruis (Refiner’s Fire: 25 Top Vinyard Worship Songs Disc 2)
  9. “Quiet You With My Love” by Matt Bronleewe/Rebecca St. James (Worship God)
  10. “Just to be with You” by Third Day – This makes two from the all-time favorites list making it onto the random 10

In light of a couple of results on this list, I am going to have to start keeping track of the Official All Time Favorites List as they appear on the Friday Random 10. Once this list reaches a significant number, it will become an official page on this blog.

Intermediate Analysis: Supremums and Infimums

Thursday morning, three students presented homework problems at the board. I followed this with a lecture introducing the concepts of supremum and infimum of a set. Because I got a little sidetracked, I did not quite make it to the Completeness Axiom.

What was the “rabbit chase” for this class? Well, at least a couple of students had commented to me, outside of class, on the difficulty they’ve had with recent homework assignments. They pointed out that they work and work and often can’t make any headway on a few of the proofs. They seemed a little discouraged by the fact that they need help from their professor on every assignment.

I took class time to reassure them that they are not alone. Just about everyone in the class is going through the same thing. I pointed out the fact that I was in their place not that long ago. In fact, since I also did my undergrad here at Wayland, I was almost exactly in their place. I recounted tales of my discouragement as well as the fact that I also spent time in my professor’s office get help on almost every assignment. I was largely motivated by a reader of this blog, who is also a blogger I read regularly. He has recently made the point that the students can gain a new level of insight to a subject by seeing the learning process that the instructor, themselves went through to understand certain concepts.

In my mind, although some may disagree, it does not get any harder as an undergrad than a senior level mathematics course. There are many courses that require as much “work” as a course like this, but I can’t think of too many that require such an high level of abstract and critical thinking. I’ve yet to be convinced otherwise. However, I’ll admit that my undergraduate Physical Chemistry class may have been close.

Next time, we’ll finally cover the completeness axiom.