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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Online learning platform Udemy to set up shop in India | Education -

Udemy, the online learning platform, is to get a local presence in India with an employee hub in Gurugram, according to a report in the Economic Times

According to chief executive Gregg Coccari, Udemy’s rapid growth in India is a testimony to the level of demand from students, instructors, and companies for affordable skills training...

Unlike Coursera, Udemy is less formal and more self-paced. It is designed for specific learning requirements while Coursera is more like a virtual university that teaches traditional subjects. Built on the premise that not all teachers are found in traditional classrooms. Udemy allows experts everywhere to develop courses.

Udemy has a global network of 30 million students and 42,000 teachers. For companies, it offers a subscription to its business courses and a platform to create proprietary courses.
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The 30 New Skills You Can Now Learn on LinkedIn Learning | New Courses - LinkedIn Learning

Paul Petrone, Editor - LinkedIn Learning reports, Each week presents a new opportunity for you and your team to learn the skills necessary to take on the next big challenge.

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And, at LinkedIn Learning, we want to do everything we can to help make that happen.

So, each week, we add to our 13,000+ course library. And this past week was no different, as we added 35 new courses covering everything data science to IT networking to strategic focus for managers.

The new courses now available on LinkedIn Learning are:

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Einstein's Wife Could Have Changed Physics If She Had The Chance: Book | Science -NDTV News

Erin Blakemore, The Washington Post explains, Was Albert Einstein's first wife more than his equal? Did she actually write his most famous theory? That rumor is laid to rest in "Einstein's Wife: The Real Story of Mileva Einstein-Maric," which separates truth from fiction. 

Claims surfaced in 1990 that Mileva Einstein-Maric had co-written her husband's theory of relativity

In October 1900, an enamored Albert Einstein wrote a note to his bride-to-be, Mileva Maric. "I'm so lucky to have found you, a creature who is my equal," he gushed.

But was Einstein's first wife more than his equal? Did she actually write his most famous theory? That rumor is laid to rest in "Einstein's Wife: The Real Story of Mileva Einstein-Maric," which separates truth from fiction. It tells the story of a brilliant but frustrated scientist who may well have changed physics - if she had ever gotten the chance.

David C. Cassidy, professor emeritus at Hoftstra University, sketches Maric's life. Science historian Ruth Lewin Sime places her in context alongside other women who struggled to make their mark on 20th-century science. And British mathematics and physics lecturer Allen Esterson unravels what the authors call the "Mileva Story."

That story gained steam during the 1990s, when claims surfaced that Mileva Einstein-Maric had co-written her husband's theory of relativity. The explosive contentions came at a time when the stories of female scientists were being rediscovered and the public was increasingly skeptical of science, writes Esterson - perfect conditions for the claim that Einstein-Maric had been overlooked...

In an era that was unapologetically hostile to women with scientific ambitions, she fought to study physics and mathematics. She excelled in those studies. But she was derailed by motherhood and marriage, which frustrated her ambitions.
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Einstein's Wife: The Real Story of Mileva Einstein-Maric by Allen Esterson (Author), David C. Cassidy (Author), Ruth Lewin Sime (Contributor)
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A Holiday For Celebrating Women In Mathematics | Science - Forbes

New for 2019 is a mathematical holiday to celebrate women mathematicians. It will be held on Maryam Mirzakhani's birthday (May 12), according to Rachel Crowell, writes about mathematics.

Maryam Mirzakhani
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While Thirdsday and Pi Day have passed for 2019, don't fret: there are still mathematical holidays to celebrate this year! Between Pi Day (March 14) and Tau Day (June 28) -- a celebration of the mathematical constant tau, which is equal to 2π -- there is a new mathematical holiday dedicated to celebrating women mathematicians! 

At the 2018 World Meeting for Women in Mathematics, (WM)^2 held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Women’s Committee of the Iranian Mathematical Society proposed designating Maryam Mirzakhani’s birthday (May 12) as a day for celebrating women in mathematics. The proposal was approved. Globally, several organizations for women in mathematics support the initiative, including European Women in Mathematics, the Association for Women in Mathematics, the African Women in Mathematics Association, the Colectivo de Mujeres Matemáticas de Chile (Collective of Women Mathematicians in Chile) and Indian Women and Mathematics.

Mirzakhani was the first woman and first Iranian to win the prestigious Fields Medal. "Mirzakhani specialized in theoretical mathematics that read like a foreign language by those outside of mathematics: moduli spaces, Teichmüller theory, hyperbolic geometry, Ergodic theory and symplectic geometry," according to a news release from Stanford University, where Mirzakhani was a mathematics professor until her death...

"May 12th is a joyful opportunity for the mathematical community to celebrate women in mathematics. The celebration takes place every year, all around the world...
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10 programming languages that are in demand among top hiring companies | Programming Languages - Express Computer

Coding continues to be one of the most in-demand skills in the job market. Many professionals are considering getting into the field, observes Express Computer.

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Possessing the required skills in coding can open doors to some of the highest-paying jobs. One of the main questions that professionals have before getting started is about finding out which programming language to choose and what steps to take to get into coding. The best way to get started is by first understanding which languages are presently in demand, to make this easy online learning platform Simplilearn says that it has come up with a list of ten programming languages that developers and coding enthusiasts should look out for in 2019 to upskill themselves for a bigger paycheck and to excel at their job roles.

Based on the present market demands, the top 10 programming languages that top hiring companies are looking out for are :

Source: Express Computer

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Monday, March 18, 2019

We talk of artistic inspiration all the time – what about scientific inspiration? | Science - Firstpost

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

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Tom McLeish, Professor of Natural Philosophy in the Department of Physics at the University of York argues, I don’t know why it took so long to dawn on me – after 20 years of a scientific career – that what we call the "scientific method" really only refers the second half of any scientific story.

Where's the poetry and music of science.
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It describes how we test and refine the ideas and hypotheses we have about nature through the engagement of experiment or observation and theoretical ideas and models.

But something must happen before this. All of this process rests upon the vital, essential, precious ability to conceive of those ideas in the first place. And, sadly, we talk very little about this creative core of science: the imagining of what the unseen structures in the world might be like.

We need to be more open about it. I have been repeatedly saddened by hearing from school students that they were put off science "because there seemed no room there for my own creativity".

What on earth have we done to leave this formulaic impression of how science works?...

Science and poetry The 20th century biologist Peter Medawar was one of the few recent writers to discuss the role of creativity in science at all. He claimed that we are quietly embarrassed about it, because the imaginative phase of science possesses no "method" at all.

In his 1982 book Pluto’s Republic he points out:
The weakness of the hypothetico-deductive system, in so far as it might profess to cover a complete account of the scientific process, lies in its disclaiming any power to explain how hypotheses come into being.
Medawar is equally critical of glib comparisons of scientific creativity to the sources of artistic inspiration...

I read past accounts of creation in mathematics (Poincaré is very good), novel-writing (Henry James wrote a book about it), art (from Picasso to my Yorkshire friend, the artist late Graeme Willson), and participated in a two-day workshop in Cambridge on creativity with physicists and cosmologists. Philosophy, from medieval to 20th-century phenomenology, has quite a lot to add...

In my resulting book – The Poetry and Music of Science – I try to make sense of why science’s imaginative and creative core is so hidden, and how to bring it into the light. It’s not the book I first imagined – it just wouldn’t permit a structure of separate accounts of scientific and artistic creativity. Their entanglements run too deep for that.
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The Poetry and Music of Science: Comparing Creativity in Science and Art by
Tom McLeish, Professor of Natural Philosophy.
Source: Firstpost

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7 tips for navigating the shift to open educational resources | K-12 - EdScoop News

Moving from traditional textbooks to open educational resources can improve accessibility to information and save students millions, reports Stacey Pusey, EdScoop. 

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But a speaker in a recent webinar hosted by say there are a few considerations administrators should keep in mind as they take on the shift to OER.

Michael Nelson, director of curriculum and assessments for Coeur d’Alene Public Schools in Idaho, says his schools are shifting to an OER environment as part of their overall plans to improve individual student achievement. He noted a few key lessons he’s learned so far:

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Five golden rules for effective mentoring | Develop - TrainingZone

Mentoring schemes are increasing in popularity, with that in mind Julia Wilkinson, Principal Consultant at OnTrack International highlights, the need for a more structured process to match the right people together.

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The idea of using a wooden horse to break the siege of Troy reputedly came from Odysseus, king of the Greeks and hero of Homer’s epic poem the Odyssey.

Before leaving for the Trojan War, Odysseus asked a loyal friend to guide, teach and look after his son. That friend was Mentor - and his name has since become synonymous with a wise and trusted advisor who helps a less experienced protégé to learn, develop and grow.

The growth of mentoring schemes 
Mentoring schemes have subsequently been introduced in many organisations to support formal graduate development and talent management programmes and to informally develop first-line managers and high flyers.

Subject matter experts who lack emotional intelligence can also be mentored to help them communicate, influence and empathise with others...

The advantages of mentoring
The great advantage of mentoring is that it offers something very different from traditional learning. It can result in new thinking, broader awareness, enhanced self confidence, skills development, focused improvement and access to a wider network. 


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Fresno State hosts 'Mathematics Day' to inspire female students | Math - KFSN-TV

Organizers say they want to encourage girls to consider jobs in mathematics and related fields, continues KFSN-TV.

Dozens of female students are taking math by storm.

On Saturday, the university's department of mathematics had high school and middle school female students interested in math participate in a daylong program with interactive mathematics activities.

Source: KFSN-TV

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Decoded: What causes 'maths anxiety' in school kids | Lifestyle - IOL

Is your daughter more anxious over maths than your son? Blame gendered stereotypes about mathematics as well as anxiety of both teachers and parents, finds a study.

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While mathematics is often considered a hard subject, not all difficulties with the subject result from cognitive difficulties. Many children and adults experience feelings of anxiety, apprehension, tension or discomfort when confronted with a maths problem.

The study, led by researchers from the University of Cambridge, showed that maths anxiety is seen more in girls than boys. The gender gap stems from the gendered stereotypes about the ability to crack maths...

In a sample of 1000 Italian students, the team found that girls in both primary and secondary school had higher levels of both maths anxiety and general anxiety. 
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Source: IOL

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