Friday, August 14, 2015


1. Ten beautiful images from the winners of the 2015 National Geographic traveller photo contest (The Atlantic)

2. After Shashi Tharoor's viral video on whether Britain owes reparations to its former colonies, here is a brief history of the British East India Company (The Guardian)
 One of the very first Indian words to enter the English language was the Hindustani slang for plunder: “loot”. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, this word was rarely heard outside the plains of north India until the late 18th century, when it suddenly became a common term across Britain.[...]

There are more Mughal artefacts stacked in this private house in the Welsh countryside than are on display at any one place in India – even the National Museum in Delhi.
3. John D. Cook has a list of life lessons from studying differential equations. They include gems like:
  • Some problems simply have no solution
  • Some problems have no simple solution.
  • Some problems have many solutions.
 4. Google is in the news quite a bit this week; this article explores "why Google doesn’t care about hiring top college graduates?"
Short answer: intellectual hubris, and a bad attitude towards failure.

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