QUOTE: “Nature doesn’t know mathematics; but nature demonstrates mathematics.”

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My coffee shop friend, Dr. Pavlides, shared another quote with me the other day.  I think I’m paraphrasing it, but as I remember it he said, “Nature doesn’t know mathematics; but nature demonstrates mathematics.”  I new immediately what he was saying, but the concept was not to leave me and has been rattling around in […]

BIAS: prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group


Several of my colleagues have referred me to an article on NPR by Adam Frank in which he comments on the slide from idealism to bias. The word bias goes back at least to Old Provençal, a former language of southern France, in association with the sport of lawn bowling, where it referred to the […]

HYDROPONICS: growing plants without the use of soil

  Ecology and the whole realm of environmental science is expanding so fast that it is almost impossible for the human mind to keep up with it.  Every day there are announcements of new findings, new products, new methodologies in environmental issues.    I am fascinated with one new trend, that of hydroponics.  It is the […]

PARADIGM: A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality for the community that shares them

A catch-word common in organizations in the 70’s and 80’s was paradigm.   Organizations embraced the idea that in the last few decades of the 20th century it was necessary to challenge the paradigms that had prevailed in the earlier decades and to recognize that society was being called to live under new paradigms. I came […]