We're closing in on September, and since my brain still thinks of Sept-Sept as "the proper year" from all that time in academia, I got to thinking about my plans for this upcoming year. I decided it no longer made sense to have my internet presence so spread out. I originally created "matthewwardbooks.com" as the… Continue reading New Site and Future Plans
I'll tread carefully here, because we live in a strange time of questioning the motives and knowledge of experts to bolster every bizarre conspiracy theory under the sun. No one trusts any information anymore. It's not even clear if trusting/doubting expert opinion is anti/hyper-intellectual. But that isn't the subject of today's topic. I listen to… Continue reading What is an Expert?
I tend to stay away from political posts (I think I've done around 5 in my last 800). I have some family members who have caught Trump fever, and when I ask them why they want to vote for him, the arguments confuse me a great deal. I know I'll probably get death threats and… Continue reading Vote for Trump?
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 39,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 14 sold-out performances for that many… Continue reading 2015 in review
I rarely do this, but I'm going to direct you to a different blog this week. I'm in the middle of two big projects, and I didn't feel like blogging today. The abc Conjecture is one of the most important unsolved problems in math. It is also relatively simple to state. Go read about it… Continue reading Status of ABC Conjecture
My relationship to today's composer is much different than the previous two. The previous ones I have been listening to and following for ten years or more. I found this one recently, because I was listening to Sirius XM's classical channel and heard something magnificent come on. I looked the composer up and found her.… Continue reading Composers You Should Know Part 3
I figured I would start a series on important living composers that most people are probably unaware of. I think a lot of symphony orchestras do a disservice by sticking to the classics. Even people that regularly attend orchestra performances have a hard time naming more than a handful of living composers outside of those… Continue reading Composers You Should Know Part 1