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June 25 2013

Four short links: 25 June 2013

  1. Cliodynamics: History as Sciencea systematic application of the scientific method to history: verbal theories should be translated into mathematical models, precise predictions derived, and then rigorously tested on empirical material. In short, history needs to become an analytical, predictive science.
  2. Cricket — indoor location system from MIT. In a nutshell, Cricket uses a combination of RF and ultrasound technologies to provide location information to attached host devices. Wall- and ceiling-mounted beacons placed through a building publish information on an RF channel. [...] The listener runs algorithms that correlate RF and ultrasound samples (the latter are simple pulses with no data encoded on them) and to pick the best correlation. Even in the presence of several competing beacon transmissions, Cricket achieves good precision and accuracy quickly.
  3. The World at Nightan international effort to present stunning nightscape photos and time-lapse videos of the world’s landmarks against celestial attractions.
  4. Paul Steinhardt on Impossible Crystals (YouTube) — quasi-crystals with five-fold symmetry previously believed impossible. And then he found one, and led an expedition in 2011 to Chukotka in Far Eastern Russia to find new information about its origin and search for more samples. As you do when you’re the Albert Einstein Professor of Science at Princeton, a job title that comes with no pressure at all to bring home the impossible.

March 20 2013

January 09 2013

Humanités numériques et patrimoine

En com­pa­gnie d'Aurélien Berra et Bjorn-​Olav Dozo, je suis en train de rédi­ger un petit ouvrage de vul­ga­ri­sa­tion « Qu'est-ce que les Digi­tal Huma­ni­ties ? » pour Ope­nE­di­tion Press. Je publie­rai ici les pre­mières ver­sions des textes for­mant ma contri­bu­tion à cet ouvrage. N'hésitez pas à com­men­ter et cor­ri­ger, j'intégrerai les sug­ges­tions à la ver­sion défi­ni­tive du texte. Celui qui suit consti­tue un bout de cha­pitre consa­cré aux rela­tions entre les huma­ni­tés numé­riques et la société. Il (...)

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