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Communication Corner

Why writing short sentences may be short-changing your reader

August 2017
by Philip Yaffe

Each "Communication Corner" essay is self-contained; however, they build on each other. For best results, before reading this essay and doing the exercise, go to the first essay "How an Ugly Duckling Became a Swan," then read each succeeding essay.



Is quantum computing for real?: an interview with Catherine McGeoch of D-Wave Systems

July 2017
Interviewed by Walter Tichy

In this interview, computer scientist Catherine McGeoch demystifies quantum computing and introduces us to a new world of computational thinking. ...


Mixing computation with people: an interview with Marianne Winslett

July 2017
Interviewed by Richard T. Snodgrass

In this interview, we learn about five fascinating subjects: security in manufacturing, negotiating trust in the web, updating logical databases, differential privacy, and scientific computing (including its security issues). ...


How to improve your writing by standing on your head

June 2017
by Philip Yaffe

Newspapers provide the best examples of clear, concise writing you can find anywhere. Learning how journalists work their magic can help you write better, and it all begins with the "inverted pyramid."