Archive for the ‘Reading’ Category

February 22, 2012 2

The importance of rewriting

By in Reading, Writing

Tweet Most academics really want to improve their writing, because good writing increases your chances of getting your manuscript accepted. Still, I think the academic system doesn´t reward good writing as much as it should. The best advice I´ve seen recently on how to become a better writer is this quora post by Venkatesh Rao. [...]

September 11, 2010 6

The ages of productivity

By in Funding, Reading

Tweet The Undercover Economist, Tim Harford, has a good article in today’s Financial Times about the stages in life when different professions are most productive. For example, I did a quick Google/calculation: the average median age of a Nobel Prize winner in physics or chemistry is 55; in the literature and peace prizes, it’s 64. [...]

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May 5, 2010 11

SciSurfer: real-time search on journal articles

By in News, Reading, Reference management, Resources, Writing

Tweet Imagine a world where real-time search is the norm. You will get just the information you seek landing on your lap the exact minute it becomes available, without you having to explicitly search for it. Will this change the way you do science? SciSurfer thinks it will. The release cycle of scientific knowledge is [...]

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November 2, 2009 6

LaTeX rendering of equations in Google Wave – LaTeXy

By in Early-adopter, Reading, wave, Web 2.0, Wikis, Writing

Tweet It was a matter of time before someone wrote a robot that grabbed latex  and returned an image after latex processing. LaTeXy does exactly that and has just increased tenfold the usefulness of wave for academics.

October 27, 2009 5

AutoVer (windows) gives you easy versioning

By in Reading, Software, Versioning, Writing

Tweet About two years ago we talked about filehamster. It was  free, unobtrusive, and simpler than doing version control ‘by hand’ (adding numbers to filenames) or ‘by machine’ (using a proper versioning tool such as subversion or mercurial). Well, since then filehamster has moved on to be a pain in the ass. Now the free [...]