Archive for the ‘Thoughts’ category

Farewell Prof. Pausch!

luglio 25, 2008

Today, some months after his last lecture, Prof. Pausch died of cancer. His enthusiasm and love for life will remain in our hearts forever.

Farewell Prof. Pausch, we will miss you 🙂


On the Process of Becoming a Great Scientist

febbraio 16, 2008

Look at this interesting paper appeared today on PLoS Computational Biology!

“In the Editorial ‘‘Ten Simple Rules for Doing Your Best research, According to Hamming’’, Erren and colleagues discussed ten ideas originally presented by Hamming for how to do great science. I am grateful that the authors started this discussion. Scientific careers are very challenging, and there is a lack of training in many graduate programs to provide this kind of career meta-advice. Such discussions are a good tarting point, and young scientists should take them seriously.
In the vein of promoting further debate and discussion, I provide here a different and perhaps deeper look at what makes a successful scientist. While I can’t claim to have the reputation of Hamming, I grew up in a family of well-known scientists, and have had plenty of chances to observe the trajectories of scientific careers over my lifetime….”

Why Matematicians are (very) bad boys!

febbraio 15, 2008

Directly from reasonable deviations:

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Why your thesis advisor really matters!

febbraio 9, 2008

This story made me lough…read it and enjoy!

Story : Scene: It’s a fine, sunny day in the forest, and a rabbit is sitting outside his burrow, tippy-tapping on his typewriter. Along comes a fox, out on a walk.

Fox: “What are you working on?” Rabbit:”My thesis.” Fox:”Hmm. What is it about?” Rabbit:”Oh, I’m writing about how rabbits eat foxes.” (incredulous pause)

Fox:”That’s ridiculous! Any fool knows that rabbits don’t eat foxes!” Rabbit:”Come with me, and I’ll show you!”

They both disappear into the rabbit’s burrow. After a few minutes, gnawing on a fox bone, the rabbit returns to his typewriter and resumes typing. Soon a wolf comes along and stops to watch the hardworking rabbit.

Wolf:” What’s that you are writing?” Rabbit:” I’m doing a thesis on how rabbits eat wolves.” (loud guffaws) Wolf:” You don’t expect to get such rubbish published, do you?” Rabbit:” No problem. Do you want to see why?”

The rabbit and the wolf go into the burrow, and again the rabbit returns by himself, after a few minutes, and goes back to typing.

Finally a bear comes along and asks, “What are you doing? Rabbit: “I’m doing a thesis on how rabbits eats bears.” Bear: “Well that’s absurd! Rabbit: “Come into my home and I’ll show you”

SCENE: Inside the rabbit’s burrow. In one corner, there is a pile of fox bones. In another corner, a pile of wolf bones. On the other side of the room a huge lion is belching and picking his teeth.

————————- THE END ————————-


— It doesn’t matter what you choose for a thesis subject. — It doesn’t matter what you use for your data. — What does matter is who you have for a thesis advisor.

Children, believe Santa Claus! The scientific explanation of his existence :-)

dicembre 25, 2007

I would like to leave the main themes of this blog for a while to send you my heartfelt greetings of a merry Christmas! In this joyful day I would like to post a beautiful answer appeared on Reasonable Deviations. Here it is why children should believe Santa Claus…and it is a strict theoretical explanation having its basis on quantum physics!

I have recently received a number of distinctly unfestive emails pointing out the impossibility of Santa Claus delivering presents to all the children in the world in just one night. We are all aware of the flaws in the conventional Santa Claus theory, but seem to accept it quite readily. Children are not quite so gullible and require a more rigorous proof of his existence. The answer to this problem lies in quantum theory.

Consider this: On Christmas night, Santa is in a superposition of quantum states, smeared out all the way around the planet, and each quantum state delivers presents to a single child. This explains why is is so important that children are asleep, because if just one child sees Santa, he immediately collapses into a single state, in accordance with Heisenberg. This would mean that no other children would receive presents that Christmas. This theory elegantly avoids all the flaws in the conventional theory. The only problem is that you will have to explain quantum theory to your children before you tell them about Santa.

Unified Medical Language System

ottobre 20, 2007

In the last years there has been a huge effort made by the computer scientists toward the transition from machine representable contents to machine understandable concepts. The medical field is probably among the areas in which this transition had the most interesting results (and still has its most promising horizons). The UMLS is a first step in this direction and has been developed in order to facilitate the development of computer systems that behave as if they “understand” the meaning of the language of biomedicine and health. You can find webcasts of this resource supported by NIH at and you can sign-up for the upcoming events at

Should we start to think at virtual physicians for our sons?

It’s time to make a change…

settembre 22, 2007

Dopo una pausa di qualche giorno torno a scrivere su questo blog. Non sono stati giorni facili ma, purtroppo, sapevo che prima o poi sarebbero arrivati. E’ da qualche giorno che ho in mente questa canzone dei Dream Theater: “It’s time to make a change”. Forse un motivo per cui non riesco a togliermela dalla testa c’è davvero.

Is it time to make the change
Are we closer than before
Can we help them break away
Are we profiting from War?
It’s time to make the change

-People Screaming-
(Time for change
Fight the fear
Find the truth
Time for change)

Speriamo che passi in fretta! Nel frattempo ci pensano i Simpson a farmi morire dalle risate. Guardate questo: