Learning from recent Benford’s Law drama: Reassessing SciComm Tropes

Benford’s Law is this counter-intuitive result from statistics that says in nature, digits 1-9 don’t occur with the same frequency. This law is usually applied to the leading digit of naturally occurring numbers, and states that numbers start with “1” more often than any other digit.  This is an established result, and has supposedly been applied to the leading digit of a ton of different data sets including “the surface areas of 335 rivers, the sizes of 3259 US populations, 104 physical constants, 1800 molecular weights, 5000 entries from a mathematical handbook, 308 numbers contained in an issue of Reader’s … Continue reading Learning from recent Benford’s Law drama: Reassessing SciComm Tropes

Twitch Streamer awarded full professorship, starts teaching physics this semester

In a surprising move by one of Canada’s top universities, a popular Twitch streamer and professional gamer @rogerstanfordo has recently been hired to teach physics remotely. Twitch is an American live-streaming website owned by Amazon. As of February 2020, it had 3 million broadcasters monthly and 15 million daily active users, with 1.4 million average concurrent users. Twitch is most known for hosting video game and e-sports competitions, but recently celebrities like T-Pain, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jagmeet Singh have taken to the platform as well. “No, I don’t know anything about physics really. I mean, I can talk to you … Continue reading Twitch Streamer awarded full professorship, starts teaching physics this semester