Dogs Not Great at Math (Wolves Are Better): Elizabeth Preston:
Even a brilliant dog may not be able to count as high as the number of feet she has. In a cheese cube counting challenge, dogs struggled to prove they have any number sense at all. Embarrassingly for the dogs, some wolves took the exact same test and passed it. This may be a hint about what dogs lost when they moved to a cushy life of domestication.
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There’s a very interesting new paper on the arXiv by Joe Polchinski, a survey article for Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, entitled just Dualities. It’s an unusually lucid summary of the story of dualities in quantum field … Continue reading →
The best way to modify a MATLAB figure is to just modify the code that generated it. I prefer this because it is better to be able to regenerate a figure from code if you want to keep modifying it later, and your workflow is visible for later inspection. Sometimes... read more >>
This week's grab-bag (and I will either have NO weekly potpourri next week, or else it will appear on Sunday, rather than on Friday, the day after Christmas):
1) Recent New Zealand interview with Marcus du Sautoy here:
...related Sautoy article here: