BEIJING, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 28:  (CHINAOUT) American mathematician John Forbes Nash looks onduring day one of the 2011 Nobel Laureates Beijing Forum at the National Museum on September 28, 2011 in Beijing, China. The 2011 Nobel Laureates Beijing Forum will kick off on September 28 and last to September 30 with the theme of Innovation and Development.  (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)

The Importance of A Beautiful Mind

If you have ever read anything about game theory, you have probably heard of John Nash. He was an influential mathematician that made major contributions to the fields of game theory, differential geometry, and differential equations. In 1994, he was awarded a Nobel Prize for his work. You would think that a mathematician’s life would be quite dull, but his definitely was not. There was even a movie made about his life called A Beautiful Mind. It actually won four Oscars, including Best Picture. I mention Nash because of his most famous addition to game theory, the Nash equilibrium. Continue reading

Capturing My Grandma’s Stories| Sophie Xi

Over this past weekend, I conducted my first interview with my grandmother. She was born three years before the establishment of the People’s Republic of China and forced to leave her hometown, Shanghai, when the Cultural Revolution occurred. Her stories not only enrich my knowledge with regards to that period of time but also help me to collect resources for my fictional writing. This interview was mainly focused on exploring the change in visions of marriage over three generations. As I am currently reading the book Wild Swans, I found out that marriage, a huge component of people’s lives, can be morphed into different structures in the wake of history. Consequently, the Cultural Revolution under Communist Regime might have also changed the customs of marriage.


Screen-cap from the film “Raise the Red Lantern

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Opposing Viewpoints

For those who did not read my earlier post or forgot, I am planning on focusing my research on five events and creating a film including two biases: one from the Pakistani viewpoint and one from the Indian one. This past week I struggled a bit with my events. I wanted to change and even limit the number of events to focus on. I still do not know what I will be doing but all I know is it is much harder to find bias than I expected. I figured it would be easy to do so because you can just search online, “Indian bias partition of India” and it will come up with many results. I tried this and could not find many reputable sources. I met with Teacher Deb along with the librarians and we all worked together to find a few books with viewpoints. Along with that, we found a website full of useful links with more than just the facts. One book we found, “Sources of Indian Tradition” has a section in it called “Muslim Traveler to the West” and a section devoted to leaders of the Islamic revival. I found throughout my research that religion is a key factor that will play into it. Most Indians with a perspective were Hindu while most Pakistanis were Muslim at this time. By the end of this week I hope to have some more research on one of my events and have a set plan on what events I want to actually focus on. Continue reading

Making Progress

Making Progress – Ricky Yu


The main focus of this blogpost will be the competition. As of now, the competition planning is on a great track, and there are just people now that I have to reach out to and work out details with. Firstly, I concluded that it was unrealistic to try and have this happen in the winter, so the possible dates were pushed backed to the spring. Secondly, T. Carolyn brought this idea up to the board of administration, and she said that they have expressed enthusiasm for the project, which was absolutely great news to me.

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Exploring P vs. NP with Julia Child, and How to Win a Million Dollars


I am a horrendous cook- despite classes, Anthony Bourdain’s entire body of work, and repeated attempts at cooking family dinner, I am still banned from cooking at home. However, if Julia Child taught me anything, it’s that following a recipe can get you an (almost) edible meal. In Computer Science we talk about algorithms as our recipe cards, sets of instructions (often equations) that take a bunch of ingredients and give us our meal.

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Website Update — Yanwen


I got started on physically building the website for Napier Group last week, spending my time on planning the layout and communicating with clients about their preferences. The current version of Group Leadership Intensive (GLI) website is presented above with five navigators serving different sections of information. Continue reading



This week I refocused and was able to get a lot done. The catalyst to my productive week was deciding on a date for my actual study to take place with the History Department head. I’m going to administer my test to the Peace and Justice classes at Westtown in the first week of November, giving me enough time to analyze the data.  Continue reading