I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention this NYT front of the web story on MIT student bloggers as leaders of the pack.
Then there’s this nice bit of self-analysis by Carl Zimmer, debunking a false equivalence between evolutionary polemic* (by Dawkins) and evolutionary persuasion/instruction (by Zimmer), as posited in a Nature review of new books by both men.
And last, at least in this quick start-of-the morning list, a fine bit of historical writing on the roots of the term and concept “algorithm” prompted, I am pleased to say, by my own polemic on The Atlantic’s abuse of the term.
*Please note that the word “polemic” is used here as a descriptive term, not one of abuse. It has the sense described in this etymological definition: 1638, “controversial argument or discussion,” from Gk. polemikos “warlike, belligerent,” from polemos “war.” Meaning “one who writes in opposition to another” is attested from 1680.
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