Weekend Reading

This week’s links:

  • Why Software is eating the world: by Marc Andreessen. “Six decades into the computer revolution, four decades since the invention of the microprocessor, and two decades into the rise of the modern Internet, all of the technology required to transform industries through software finally works and can be widely delivered at global scale.”
  • How to fix Math Education: from NY Times. “A math curriculum that focused on real-life problems would still expose students to the abstract tools of mathematics, especially the manipulation of unknown quantities…Imagine replacing the sequence of algebra, geometry and calculus with a sequence of finance, data and basic engineering.”
  • Scientific American special issue on Cities: “This issuecelebrates the city as a solution to the problems of our age. We have tried to present it in the true urban spirit: best ideas forward.
  • The Three-ring Anti-corruption Circus in in Town: by Atanu Dey. ” So how do one explain India’s poverty and corruption? Is on the cause and the other the consequence? Which came first? Or is there another hidden variable which is the cause of these two? It is my belief that the hidden variable is India’s lack of freedom.”
  • Two Arvind Panagariya articles: Unsteady at the top and On a historic parallel.