11 Aug '12, 4am

Links - 11th August 2012: Why Science Majors Change Their Minds (It’s Just So Darn Hard)

Why Science Majors Change Their Minds (It’s Just So Darn Hard) - NYTimes.com - "middle and high school students are having most of the fun, building their erector sets and dropping eggs into water to test the first law of motion. The excitement quickly fades as students brush up against the reality of what David E. Goldberg, an emeritus engineering professor, calls “the math-science death march”... roughly 40 percent of students planning engineering and science majors end up switching to other subjects or failing to get any degree. That increases to as much as 60 percent when pre-medical students, who typically have the strongest SAT scores and high school science preparation, are included... That is twice the combined attrition rate of all other majors" Women and art: What to make of an art show dedicated exclusively to women | The Economist - " Does any artist need, or e...

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