February 11, 2009 lecture by Jefferson Tester for the Woods Energy Seminar (ENERGY301). In his talk "A Pathway for Widespread Utilization of Geothermal Energy--the Roles of Multi-scale Resource and Technology Research and Systems Analysis," Tester talks about the benefits and challenges of harnessing geothermal energy, and he asserts that it is a large resource that complements solar and wind energy and is both carbon free and scalable.
Bartz talks about a slogan inside Autodesk called fail fast forward to counter a fear of failure within an established organization. Their goal was to have employees understand that failure is very acceptable within an established organization--the key is to identify it quickly, and move forward with lessons learned. This is an attempt to break free from those who are worried about risk-taking.
In this final lecture on Paradise Lost, Book Twelve's justification for the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the garden is examined alongside the Genesis account. The nature of Milton's God, whether literal or liberal, is examined at length. The poem's closing lines are closely read, with substantial attention paid to Milton's final, complicated take on the poem-long consideration of Providence and free will.
Professor Sylvia Ceyer discusses bond enthalpy and the enthalpy of endothermic/exothermic chemical reactions. The heat of formation is defined as Professor Ceyer explains Hess's Law which is used to predict the enthalpy change and conservation of energy, regardless of the path through which it is to be determined. The lecture concludes with a discussion of thermodynamics and spontaneous chance, specifically Gibbs free energy and the concep...more
Milton's characteristic use of simile is explored in Books One and Two of Paradise Lost. Particular attention is paid to how Milton's similes work to support, undermine, and complicate both the depiction of Satan and the broader thematic concerns of the poem, such as the ideas of free will and divine providence. The critical perspectives of Geoffrey Hartman and Stanley Fish are incorporated into an analysis of Satan's shield and spear and ...more
Google has been caught in the middle of free speech vs. censorship issues. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act states that if a company removes information from the internet when requested, they cannot be held liable. If the company is then counter-notified, they can put the information back up and remain legally neutral. Google has followed this policy, says co-founder Larry Page, but it has nevertheless sparked controversy.
Tzuo explains that with a free trial product model, a high percentage of customers don't end up buying the product. However, it is still important to provide post sales service. A good point of sustainability is when customers have been using the product for some time and it is difficult to unplug them from it, he says.
Raikes explains how Microsoft has 5 computers for every employee, close to 70 subsidiaries around the world, and only 40% of their revenue comes from the Unites States. Microsoft's revenues this year will be around $36 billion, or $100 million a day, he adds. Soda is free for employees and over 3 million cans of Coca-Cola are consumed a year.
Finishes off the ideas started in #29. The need for Abstract Data Types (ADTs). How to implement them in C. Their wonderfulness. Also: Undocumented features. Can we trust programmers? Allocating memory on the stack. Allocating memory on the heap (malloc/free). Introduction to the project (card game: Blackadder & Baldrick).
The lecture begins with an explanation of why Plato's Apology is the best introductory text to the study of political philosophy. The focus remains on the Apology as a symbol for the violation of free expression, with Socrates justifying his way of life as a philosopher and defending the utility of philosophy for political life.
Neither private investors nor the government was willing to make the necessary investment in the vaccine, says Francis. Therefore, Francis and his team had to look elsewhere for funding. The formation of the Gates Foundation has provided the desired alternative.
After a discussion of electrochemical cells, Professor Sylvia Ceyer defines the points of oxidation and reduction in a battery as the anode and cathode, respectively. She discusses the application of Faraday's Law and its relationship to electrochemical cells. Finally, the relationship between cell potential and Gibbs free energy is highlighted.