Bible on Radar/SAR/Microwave Remote Sensing

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Considered as the bible on microwave, radar/SAR remote sensing I had to have a copy of this compendium written by pioneers in the field. One of the images puts the 1000 page book to scale.

Every Classroom Should Have This Infographic

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Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Dr. Carol Dweck is a must read for every parent, teacher and student. As a matter of fact, it should be read by everyone.

Parents and teachers should stop labeling students as “smart” or “dumb” or as “good” or “bad”. Instead they should be taught that everyone is capable of anything one puts his or her mind to.

Moreover, I think the two mindsets should explained to every student and the infographic be hanged in every classroom and house everywhere as a reminder of the two mindsets. Maybe also assign the book for reading as part of the reading list? Continue reading

Selected Resources on Fluid Mechanics

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Below is short list of selected resources if you’re studying (advanced) fluid dynamics.

If you’re getting started with fluid mechanics at an advanced level I recommend you the following select resources. I also invite you to check previous posts on fluid dynamics most of which are videos or images of amazing fluid flows.

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Book review: “Turing’s Cathedral” by George Dyson

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Turing’s Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe
by George Dyson
Pantheon (2012-03-01)
9780375422775
Amazon.com link
goodreads link

I was drawn to this book by its title & cover design. “Turing” in the title plus the punched cover directly meant (at least in my own mind) that it was about Alan Turing and the Universal machine.
Before this book I knew little about Turing’s universal machine and the origins of the computer. I knew about Von Neumann only by the name.

After reading this book, I got more interested about computers. I now have an awareness about how powerful the computer is (especially in our times) and how inefficient we (or at least me) are using it. Now I know the origins of the ENIAC, MANIAC & their derivatives. Know I know what an “app” was like in the 1950’s.

Turing’s Cathedral (still not sure why “Cathedral”!; maybe referring to the computer as the cathedral?) is an exciting read especially for the computer enthusiast, mathematicians, physicists, and scientists in general. It is eloquently written and describes things in details.

What I liked most about it is that it has references to actual scientific papers written the creators of the computer. As a matter of fact I have selected a couple of papers too read.

I finished the book without even knowing it. It suddenly stops without prior notice, as if there is a continuation that has been cut.

I really enjoyed reading this book and recommend it for everyone, literally everyone.

until next time…