September 19, 2017

Archives for October 2014

The Why Axis

You are probably well aware that controlled experiments are carried out in laboratories where one sample, say of microbes, is given a treatment and another is given no treatment (the control) and the results are compared. The idea is to hold constant all influences other than the one you wish to test. The same approach […]

The Dubai Metro – a very successful infrastructure project

I was teaching in Dubai again recently and I took the opportunity to ride on the Dubai Metro system. It is an example of a very successful transport infrastructure project. Construction began in 2006 and the first (red) line was completed in 2008 with the second (green) line following in 2010. The current system includes 49 […]

Work resumes on an unusual mega project in Dubai

  I was teaching in Dubai recently and was impressed with the continuing number and range of projects under construction. I was interested to see work has now resumed on a number of unusual and interesting mega projects that were temporarily suspended during the recent global recession. The Dubai World Islands Project is a good example. […]

Mirror(s) mirror(s) on the wall – what should I do if at all? – Wisdom of the crowd

Imagine that every important decision you make is made with the help of many smart people. Any question you ask can be answered based on the collective opinions, wisdom and experience of others, many others. It is called wisdom of the crowd. It simply means taking the average over a large number of responses (group […]