Please forgive the recent lack of posts. I have a lot going on right now, but nothing is complete enough to warrant its own dispatch:
- I’m dying to finish a large project at work and recap the experience here.
- I still haven’t made up my mind about this semester’s Software Development Methodologies class. I see some value in the three-part software requirements specification and design document due in two weeks. (I’m 2/3 done and it’s already 36 pages long!) But it stinks of waterfall development. Of course, I think I might have had it out for this course. . . .
- Doctor Color’s Assistant has a few questions awaiting answers. A little more research should do the trick. . . .
- And I’ve been getting back in touch with my inner physicist. I needed some distraction from the aforementioned SDM project and picked up my 886 page copy of Richard Rhodes’ excellent The Making of the Atomic Bomb. I eyed it for over a decade and, now that I’ve started reading it, wish that I had started earlier.
In the very unlikely event that I ever teach a course in the history of science, I would certainly assign this book as one of the required readings. It presents science as a process of expansion and refinement — Kuhn’s crises and “normal science.” Rhodes is subtly introducing the fact that early 20th century science was very community-based. (We might call it “exclusive” these days.) And he ties sceintific enquiry to larger societal trends and developments in philosophy and the history of ideas.
All this and it’s a pretty good read, too.
Expect the silent running to continue for a little while longer.