I’ve recommended this article before, in part because I find myself re-reading it pretty often. It has so many things going for it but in particular the eloquence is tremendous and it explains some pretty big, abstract mathematical concepts with minimal use of numbers. It is, to me, excellence defined.
Sure it’s focussed on ice hockey but the concepts are universal. Yes it’s two years old but the discussion is still very valid today and will be for the forseeable future.
What’s really cool about this article is that it’s written by someone who does this stuff for free (the venerable Vic Ferrari) on a blog full of equally talented writers who also do this stuff for free. Seriously, if you are looking to learn from some very smart people then check out their archives and the hockey symposium. (I have serious respect for anyone who can get to the end of this and understand what’s going on by the way)
The last thing I love about that blog is the level of discussion, which is often as considered as the posts themselves. If the discussion here ever reaches their level I’ll feel very privilidged.
For example this comment in the discussion of that very post seems particularly pertinent given the recent fun we’ve had with respect to Xavi:
|“The idea is that we’re taking what we know about a tree … adding it to what we know about the forest at large, then going back to apply it to the tree. If we apply the same thinking to all the trees and it implies a forest that can’t be … well we’ve effed up, so it’s back to the drawing board. “|
Sadly the drawing board didn’t get a lot of use in that case.
Finally, if anyone can point me in the direction of any bloggers or members of the main stream media who write this well I’d be very greatful.