Teaching Math to People Who Think They Hate It by Jessica Lahey from The Atlantic

Math is a beautiful land bound by logic and curiosity. Back then, it was something I crushed on so fervently, seconded only by my love for words. Now is a different story, but I never regret ever feeling like that. Meeting math and befriending it has certainly makes my life easier. Math is not about formulas and theorems, math is about solving puzzles. Unfortunately, the way math is approached in school tend to scare people away. This Cornell professor is determined to prove them wrong.

Continuing Education by Ta-Nehisi Coates from The Atlantic

When we stop learning, we stop being human and start being mindless automatons, simply doing whatever we are told to do and have to do as days blur into insignificant chunks. Should one even wonder what is the meaning of life when one doesn’t do anything to discover it? Learn. Relearn. Ask. Explore.

Light Pollution Obscures the Night Sky for Astronomy by Florida Atlantic University

When was the last time you see more than a handful stars decorating the night sky? Or perhaps you have never seen but a scant few throughout your life. Welcome to the 21st century. Unlike our predecessors, we are denied of this natural treasure by our own ignorance. The sky is everyone’s, not just a selected, exclusive groups’. While astronomers would appreciate getting more exposure to their objects of interest, even those who know nothing about science could appreciate beauty.

Immanuel Kant once said,”Two things awe me most, the starry sky above me and the moral code within me.”

When you have lost one, should you lost another?

The Endangered Bookstores of New York by Bob Eckstein from the New Yorker

For the bibliophiles, part of them died as they read news like this. Help bookstores around you. The smell of books, freshly unwrapped, will never be replaced by the cold touch of electronic devices. E-book is an ingenious creation, but to me, the traditional dead wood books will always hold a special kind of charm.

When Literature Was Dangerous by Steven G. Kellman from The Chronicle of Higher Education

Perhaps there is no higher praise to an author than an outright admittance that their works are seen to be a threat worthy of censorship. This tells the story of James Joyce’s Ulysses, and the thorny path it had walked on even many years after its author’s demise.

Social Animal by David Brooks from The New Yorker

A dazzling read. One might not be too thrilled to be reminded that every feeling, including those regarded sacred like the ever-overused term ‘love’ is actually a set of chemical equations and reactions, but even in that there is beauty. If only you’d see past the cold, hard truth. Let’s face it. being calculative is reasonable. Too unpleasant? Well, do remember that these scientific facts ,primal senses, and life experience only create ‘basis’. Where you will go from there depends entirely on yourself. We are animals, but with enough consciousness to pick our own paths in life.

Why Top Tech CEOs Want Employees with Liberal Arts Degrees by Elizabeth Segran from Fast Company

Well, I think it’s not about Liberal Arts degree at all, but one’s flexibility and willingness to learn. No matter which major or uni you hail from, undergraduate degree is about creating mindset and shaping a range of skillset. Most of them you don’t get in the classroom. GPA helps, but if you’re a narrow-minded person that demands a linear path in your career, seeking just positions you think you’ve learnt about during college years, well…

One of my lecturer said, “If after graduating you think you can only work on Astronomy, well, then your entire college education is for nothing.” Don’t be mistaken. Choosing jobs relating to your major is not wrong, it’s a choice. And not the only choice.

I am currently a mere sophomore with no knowledge of real life working environment. Never been interviewed either. Naive? Maybe. Do prove me wrong.