Monthly Archives: October 2011

Sunday Special

A Bangladeshi attendant returned a fluorescent lamp I left behind in a trolley; a local parking attendant pulled a trick on me just to get RM1.

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The Secret of Human Calculators

Once in a while, the newspaper talks about youngsters or adults who have the seemingly incredible ability to perform arithmetic computations in their head for large integers. Actually, this all boils down to a basic understanding of algebra and algorithmic … Continue reading

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Quotable Quotes 6

Gems from I.M. Gelfand (1913-2009), the last complete* mathematician who was also a legendary teacher of mathematics: The most important a student can get from the study of mathematics is the attainment of a higher intellectual level. In our century … Continue reading

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Cartoon about Graduate Student Life and the Academia

The PhD comics series has been running for quite some time. Just love the concept and the numerous oh-so-true depictions of graduate student life plus some ridiculous stuff that happen in the academic circle.

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Quotable Quotes 5

Here comes Richard Feynman (1918-1988). He was popular with young scientists because he was the epitome of cool – smart, good at music, jokes, unconventional, and not afraid to tell ‘experts’ in their face to go fly kite. In his … Continue reading

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Don’t Fear the Command Line

If you are doing a (bioinformatics) project, chances are, you’ll need to do it under the Unix/Linux OS. The terminal is where you ‘talk’ to the machine, and this can be a very frustrating experience for beginners. Luckily, we have … Continue reading

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Quotable Quotes 4

Paul Dirac (1902-1984), who made fundamental contributions to the study of quantum mechanics: The aim of science is to make difficult things understandable in a simpler way; the aim of poetry is to state simple things in an incomprehensible way. … Continue reading

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Studying bioinformatics in one of the world’s best cities for living

Not many young people in Malaysia are aware that Denmark is actually a top destination for those who wish to obtain advanced training in bioinformatics (Anders Krogh, who popularised the Hidden Markov Model approach in bioinformatics, teaches in Copenhagen University).  … Continue reading

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Quotable Quotes 3

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) on conciseness: I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time. Brevity and conciseness are signs of an organised mind; ramblings and vacuous statements are signs of an empty mind trying desperately … Continue reading

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