I have a son who's in the middle of his second year as a physics undergrad. As you can imagine, I occasionally pass along a link or two to him pointing to stuff on the web I think he might find particularly interesting or useful. Thinking on that fact, I surmised that perhaps other science students might find those links interesting or useful as well. Hence, this series of posts here on the blog.
By necessity and circumstance, the items I've chosen will be influenced by my son's choice of major and my own interest in the usefulness of computational approaches to science and of social media for outreach and professional development.
- How to Read a Paper (About computing in particular, but most of it is broadly applicable. The stuff on lit surveys is the most CS-centric)
- The Future of Computer Science
- Why Scientists Should be Science Communicators; or, Having your Cake and Eating it Too
- Advice for Engineers Who Hate Networking
- The Nobel Prize in Physics Is Really a Nobel Prize in Math
- Physics: What We Do and Don’t Know
- Science and Philosophy: A Love-Hate Relationship
- Five Years Later (about post-PhD career options)
- Individualism: The legacy of great physicists
- The Big Data Brain Drain: Why Science is in Trouble
- The ten skills students really need when they graduate (Not a perfect list, not science-focused, but still very relevant.)
Please feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments.
I didn't like the Nobel prize one. The title in particular is misleading,and the article may lead folks to think that the goal of math is about describing the real world. Physicist use math, it's true, but much great math is not developed with physics ( or the physical world even) in mind. Only one physicist has ever won a Fields medal (Ed Witten). The Norwegians give out the Abel prize for math, which I don't hear as much about.