## Monday, October 25, 2010

### Your Week in Seminars Fermionic Edition

Good evening, and welcome to the second edition of YWiS. Last week I took in the full range of seminars, from colloquium to Friday lunch. I don't know if I can say I took in the full content of these talks as well, but let's see what I learned

## Thursday, October 21, 2010

### Paradigm Shifts 3: With a Vengence

The last shift I wanted to present is best explained at http://tauday.com/ . There you will find a manifesto (yes, a manifesto) about why we should change from using $\pi = \text{180 degrees}$ as the circle constant to $\tau = 2 \pi = \text{360 degrees}$ It's quite a convincing argument, and it's a shift that can easily be made. Check the website for more.

TAU VS PI

## Monday, October 18, 2010

### Your Week in Seminars Intro Edition

We've done a lot of talking over the past few months here on the Virtuosi, but one important subject has not come up so far. An issue that is central to the day to day life of the average grad student. The subject of free food.

The average graduate student in an American university shops for food 0.7 times per semester, paying a total of \$13.22. He eats an average of three vegetables and one fruit, all at home during Thanksgiving. He turns his oven on once per year while trying to ascertain if the power is out or the light bulb in the kitchen needs to be replaced. The rest of his nutrition is made up entirely of free donuts, bagels and pizza.

The place to get all this free food, naturally, is various department talks and seminars. And while we're there, we may as well try to learn some physics.

## Saturday, October 16, 2010

### Four Fantastic Books (3 of which are free)

Well, we just had our fall break, which means I get a bit of a break, coincidently enough. Somehow I've managed to read three books in the last two days, and each of them were excellent enough that I need to tell people about them.