A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude. To make them love it is the task assigned, in present-day totalitarian states, to ministries of propaganda, newspaper editors and schoolteachers.... The greatest triumphs of propaganda have been accomplished, not by doing something, but by refraining from doing. Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth.
by Aldous Huxley

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l’Institut Henri Poincaré devient commercial ?!

“La science est une chose merveilleuse… tant qu’il ne faut pas en vivre !” – Albert Einstein

Une lettre de la SMF:

Chers collègues,

Lors du dernier CA de l’Institut Henri Poincaré, son nouveau directeur a obtenu par un vote majoritaire une multiplication par 5 des tarifs auxquels les diverses associations et sociétés . . . → Read More: l’Institut Henri Poincaré devient commercial ?!

Ngo Bao Chau in the top 10 scientific discoveries of 2009

According to Time:


Fécilications, Chau !

Báo cáo Lê Đăng Doanh về tình hình VN (2004)

Ông Lê Đăng Doanh là một nhà kinh tế lỗi lạc của Việt Nam. Đây là báo cáo của ông trước Bô Chính Trị vào 11/2004. Tuy nó đã cũ 5 năm, nhưng vẫn chứa đựng rất nhiều điều nóng hổi và bổ ích trong đó. Tôi post lại đây để lưu trữ, và giới thiệu cho những ai chưa đọc thì rất nên đọc.

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How to teach maths (by Steven Krantz)

I would recommend everyone involved in teaching mathematics to read the book “How to teach mathematics” by Steven G. Krantz. It contains lots of practical advice about how to improve your teaching.

After reading the book by Krantz, I started to pay more attention to “small details” which may have a great psychological effect . . . → Read More: How to teach maths (by Steven Krantz)