At MIT, I am Associate Director at the Teaching and Learning Laboratory and Lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. I am interested in improving how we teach science, mathematics, and engineering.
In a former life, I was an assistant professor in the physics department at the University of Cambridge, in David MacKay's Inference group; a fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge; and the first curriculum director of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cape Town, South Africa.
Here is a reasonably recent CV.
MIT Press just published my textbook Street-Fighting Mathematics: The Art of Educated Guessing and Opportunistic Problem Solving. It is also available from Amazon.
Dissertation (US letter format) including one-half of a textbook on order-of-magnitude physics.
Classic report on mathematics teaching by
Classic report on mathematics teaching by Louis Benezet, about an experiment done 70 years ago in Manchester, New Hampshire.
My papers on history of science and science teaching for the 2001 IHPST conference in Denver, Colorado.
Teaching survey: A study of physics teaching in Cambridge physics department.
BILL: An Othello program released under the GPL. About 210KB. It was once one of the strongest Othello players in the world (but now far surpassed!).
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