Monthly Archives: November 2016

Can maths help you win at roulette?

Can maths help you win at roulette?

Albert Einstein supposedly once said: “No one can win at roulette unless he steals money from the table while the croupier isn’t looking.” Although I wouldn’t normally question Einstein, this statement isn’t true. In fact, you can use Einstein’s specialist subject, physics, to help you win. Or you can find a biased wheel that makes […] … learn more→

The way economics is taught needs an overhaul: a South African case study

The way economics is taught needs an overhaul: a South African case study

Economics is a discipline that ought, at its best, to explain the world and its complexities. Unlike physics, it is not an exact science. Due to its nature as a social sciences, lecturers must assist students to understand the complex relationships between companies, governments, consumers and diverse stakeholders. They also need to guide their students […] … learn more→

Doing a copy edit of your thesis

Doing a copy edit of your thesis

There are many lists of skills that can be developed through doctoral studies. Editing rarely appears on these lists. That’s a strange omission, because any half-decent thesis has usually undergone a rigorous editorial process. I speak from experience. My own PhD studies (which I completed in 2009) equipped me with a range of editing skills, […] … learn more→

Writing an academic ransom note

Writing an academic ransom note

I’m in Australia at present. Inevitably I’m running some writing workshops. Inevitably I’m playing with some new strategies. I really do like to try out new things to see how they work, what they might do. And one of the new things on this trip was the ransom note. Now I’m sure that you all […] … learn more→

The top five reasons the rich like to donate to universities

The top five reasons the rich like to donate to universities

When it comes to charitable giving, most people living in the UK are pretty generous with their money – with most giving at least once a year and about two-fifths giving every month. On average £10 billion is donated every year to a wide variety of causes. And recent data from the Charities Aid Foundation […] … learn more→

Worth knowing reversal chart patterns for the beginners

Worth knowing reversal chart patterns for the beginners

If simple means is what you need for learning something, it is tough to forget the chart patterns for predicting the twists in the different markets. They are a series of price changes occurring in a specific kind of trading, such as stock and online forex trading. Chart patterns repeat themselves quite frequently and possess […] … learn more→

Professors protest education changes

Professors protest education changes

Admin: “You need to remove explicit functions from your algebra courses. Students have no use for that.” It’s no great secret that a great number of our college graduates are basically unemployable, or no more employable than they when they graduated high school. Admin: “You need to remove inverses from your algebra courses. Students have […] … learn more→

The blockchain revolution: will universities use it, or abuse it?

The blockchain revolution: will universities use it, or abuse it?

New digital systems – the emerging shape of Web 3.0 – could be the means for large numbers of people both to get access to affordable higher education and to use the skills they acquire to create wealth. This opportunity is particularly significant for countries in Africa, where systemic exclusion from financial services and traditional […] … learn more→

Trump or NASA – who’s really politicising climate science?

Trump or NASA – who’s really politicising climate science?

Climate research conducted at NASA had been “heavily politicised”, said Robert Walker, a senior adviser to US President-elect Donald Trump. This has led him to recommend stripping funding for climate research at NASA. Walker’s claim comes with a great deal of irony. Over the past few decades, climate science has indeed become heavily politicised. But […] … learn more→