Today marks the anniversary of the Chinese warlord Koxinga’s victory over the Dutch during the Sino-Dutch War–China’s first war with Europe. Emory University has put together this fun book trailer for Tonio Andrade and his new book Lost Colony: The Untold Story of China’s First Great Victory over the West, which shows how Koxinga outfoxed the Dutch at every turn to capture Taiwan:
Happy Year of the Dragon!
Read a terrific profile on Persi Diaconis from the Chronicle Review that begins more like a fantastic, coming of age novel: “Persi Diaconis’s unlikely scholarly career in mathematics began with a disappearing act.”
He was 14 years old and obsessed with magic, spending much of his free time in or around Tannen’s Magic Store, on Times Square, where sleight-of-hand masters regularly gathered to show off tricks and to gossip. There, one of the most influential magicians of the past century, a card maestro named Dai Vernon, saw Diaconis’s prodigious trick dealing and invited the young man to leave New York and join him on the road.
Diaconis vanished from his regular life, dropping out of school and cutting ties with his family. “I packed a little bag—I took some decks of cards and some socks,” remembers Diaconis, now 66 with unruly tufts of white hair, in his office at Stanford University, where he is a professor of mathematics and statistics.
Where do Diaconis’s travels take him? While it may not be too surprising to discover that he grew up to be a renowned magician, it may be slightly more surprising to learn that he ended up being a well-respected mathematician and professor. However, as Diaconis explains — a love of mathematics was a natural outgrowth of his passion for magic. Read the complete profile here: http://wiredcampus.chronicle.com/article/The-Magical-Mind-of-Persi/129404/
it is easy to see why PUP boasts one of the most exciting social sciences publishing programs. Come meet Eric Schwartz at Booth 205 to learn more about our catalog of books and how to publish with us!
You can watch this video on the TV Ontario web site for The Agenda with Steve Paikin here: http://www.tvo.org/TVO/WebObjects/TVO.woa?videoid?918414807001
This is the answer to the age-old question “How does he do it?” Anyone who has admired birds from afar and then looked through their favorite bird book at the close-up photographs has wondered, “How do they get so close to the birds?” Well, here’s Richard’s take on it.