Friday links: adding up publication fees, the deep roots of the phrase “nearly significant”, and more

This week’s links are better than this blurb.

From Jeremy:

Prominent physicist and tv host Neil deGrasse Tyson is under investigation for sexual misconduct. Commentary from physicist Chanda Prescod-Weinstein.

The Union of Concerned Scientists has issued a damning report on science and scientists at the Dept. of the Interior under the leadership of Ryan Zinke.

Dan Bolnick adds up how much he’s spent on publication fees over the last 5 years, and thinks through the implications. Dan is always worth reading. And please do read him rather than attributing to him views he does not hold. You’d think that would go without saying, but…

Andrew Gelman on historian-turned-hack Niall Ferguson. Astute.

The best intro calculus textbook was written in 1910.

To really understand the roots of the phrase “nearly significant”, you have to go back a ways. 4.5 billion years ago, Earth was formed… (sorry Stephen, couldn’t resist 🙂 )

Grad school reference letter for John Nash. Nice illustration that the usual rules (here, of reference letter writing) don’t apply in unusual situations.

And finally, how to write a gushing reference letter for someone applying for graduate school in the UK. 😉 (p.s. If you are like me, you will be depressed but unsurprised to learn that the author subsequently had to explain to people on Twitter that the letter was an obvious joke, not a real letter.)

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