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Radical CS Curriculum Change at Ga Tech

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

The Georgia Institute of Technology is today unveiling what some experts believe is a much broader approach to the problem. The institute has abolished the core curriculum for computer science undergraduates — a series of courses in hardware and software design, electrical engineering and mathematics. These courses, in various forms, have been the backbone of […]

End of Semester Report

Monday, May 8th, 2006

The semester ended last Friday with exams. I am through with classes for another year.
It wasn’t my best semester.
My Theory of Computation class went off pretty well. It was a smaller than usual group, which allowed for a great deal of interaction. I lectured for the most part (as usual), but there […]

Reunion Websites

Saturday, January 28th, 2006

Our high school class (class of ‘76 - the Bicentennial Class!) is having its 30 year reunion this summer. I volunteered to run the reunion website.
Anybody got any advice?
I should mention that there were over 700 students in my graduating class.
(No suggestions)
Ignore all
Add to dictionary

“I read the New York Times”

Saturday, January 28th, 2006

I just finished Michael Crichton’s State of Fear (I needed something a bit different from the other stuff I’ve been digesting). Great stuff! A good thriller with a contrarian environmental message.
Here’s by far my favorite line from the book (you don’t even need the context):
“I read everything. I read the ‘Science’ section […]

Part II is coming

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

No. Really it is. This has been a hectic week, and I’m just shot at the end of the day.
But Part II is really coming.
In the meantime, here’s a picture of a Fierce Snake, one of the deadliest snakes on the planet.
(We read about them the other day in homeschool)

Problems with Sitemeter?

Sunday, January 15th, 2006

Sitemeter tells me I had three visits last week (starting on the 8th and ending on the 14th). Does that seem right to you? I count four different individuals who commented this week, and I know some of them visited more than once. Furthermore, I sometimes go to the site myself to see […]

First Week Down

Saturday, January 14th, 2006

Nothing earth-shattering to report.
In Theory of Computation, we mostly reviewed the mathematical foundations necessary to understand the upcoming models of computation. I went through them pretty quickly, stopping only to introduce the concept of a language. I reviewed equivalence relations and induction in the context of strings and languages, which is […]

IEEE Education Society’s Distinguished Lecture Series - Professor Burks Oakley II

Saturday, January 14th, 2006

Every so often, the IEEE* Education Society has an online Distinguished Lecture Series. Usually there are several online presentations and an accompanying ongoing question and answer session. The first series for 2006 is one that may be of interest to readers of this blog, as it concerns among other things, blogging. Here’s […]

Three-way, four-way, what’s the difference?

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

I forgot to mention a discovery I made yesterday while teaching Theory of Computation. yesterday. I was introducing the concept of a finite state machine to my students by modeling the states of a three-way bulb. You know: click - 50W - click - 100W - click - 150W - click - off […]

Math 101: The First Day

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

Not much to report, really. I was not as polished as I’d like to have been because I was burning off a lot of nervous energy - this is a very dfferent course for me: first math course I’ve taught in a long time, largest number of sudents in one class, most diverse group […]

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