Here are a few links for your weekend reading.
- My UW-Madison colleague Jordan Ellenberg is a math blogger. This week I discovered his delightful post Blogging as Competitive Eating.
- The science of introverts and the workplace. Extroverts and introverts in the workplace.
- Why two spaces after a period isn’t wrong. “The vitriol that the single-space camp has toward the double-spacers these days is quite amazing, and typographers have made up an entire fake history to justify their position.”
- I am usually embarrassed when I read articles on the Huffington Post. There are a few gems in the online paper, but most of the articles are tabloid-worthy. But I wholeheartedly recommend HuffPo’s “Girls in STEM” page.
- New research suggests that the flipped classroom helps student learning: “In one setting, in one class, over 3 years, student performance improved in a statistically significant way in a flipped classroom model. ” See my previous post on flipping here.
- The hotness-IQ tradeoff in academia. Engineers, mathematicians, and computer scientists have really high IQs. And I’ll leave it at that. On the other hand, it looks like philosophers have it all.
- Do left-handed people die young?
September 25th, 2013 at 9:49 am
As a typography fan, I liked what I’ve read so far of the link on spacing, and I look forward to having time to read the rest. It seems very well researched.
My thought was always that Don Knuth had it right in TeX–intersentence spaces with proportional type are slightly longer than interword spaces by default, but all space is stretchable to some extent to make the layout as pleasing as possible. To get “true single spacing” in TeX, with intersentence spaces the same size as interword spaces, requires the \frenchspacing command. Looking at a French-spaced page, the sentences look a bit crowded together, at least to me. I was always sure the two-space typewriter convention was developed to mimic the longer intersentence spaces as much as possible with fixed-width type. By habit now, I double space between sentences with fixed-width type (except on Twitter, where every character counts!), but I expect that actual word processors will ignore my spaces and do the right thing.
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