Matt Tam wins 2015 Bernard Neumman prize
CARMA Ph.D. student Matt Tam was a winner of the 2015 Bernhard Neumann Prize. This prestigious prize is given for the best student talk at the annual meeting of the Australian Mathemati... [READ MORE]
AMSI "Choose Maths News"
AMSI has a new quarterly maths newsletter which you can view at schools.amsi.org.au/news/, and you can also subscribe to an e-mail version. The September edition includes stories on ... [READ MORE]
A/Prof Mike Meylan talks about wave power
Recently Mike Meylan spoke to 2NURFM about his research in wave power. Listen here.
'Thirst for knowledge' may be opium craving
Neuroscientists have proposed a simple explanation for the pleasure of grasping a new concept: The brain is getting its fix. The "click" of comprehension triggers a biochemical cascade that rewards the brain with a shot of natural opium-like substances, said Irving Biederman of the University of Southern California. He presents his theory in an invited article in the latest issue of American Scientist.
"While you're trying to understand a difficult theorem, it's not fun," said Biederman, professor of neuroscience in the USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.
"But once you get it, you just feel fabulous."
The brain's craving for a fix motivates humans to maximize the rate at which they absorb knowledge, he said.
I think we're exquisitely tuned to this as if we're junkies, second by second."
(Irving Biederman, 2006)
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