J.D. Wells. Scholardox Reader I : Esssays and Commentary. Otium Arbor Press, 2016. [pdf]


Table of Contents


Citation inflation and its remedies 


English dominance may be hurting science? 


Max Planck confidently explaining a wrong theory of Uranium, 1929


University of Florida president rails against abuses in intercollegiate athletics and fraternities ... in 1920


Montaigne (1533-1592) describes how students are to be taught to argue


Excellent scientists can have life balance


Successful people work insanely hard 


Wisconsin student not impressed with the flipped classroom


Spring break without doing physics or math problems can lower your IQ


All explanations end with ‘it just does’


You can still succeed in science with a non-science background


Longhand writing better than laptop for note taking


Athenodorus teaches Roman Emperor Claudius how to write well


Difference between a cathedral and a physics lab?


Study of nature far superior to other human activities?


On eliminating the university lecture, from Nabokov’s Pnin, 1957


Factors that determine success in learning


In praise of theory and speculation, with help from John Steinbeck


Stanford University president compares American and German students, 1903


Advice from the Soviet Union on how to become a great physicist


University enrollment pressures of the 1930s and Kinsey's sexual revolution


Completing Hirsch’s h-index measuring scholarly impact


Student petitions his professor, Russia 1899


Heisenberg’s Failed Prophecy for Particle Physics


Suggestions for How to Spell English in International Reports


Cicero on cosmology in Roman antiquity


Strict oversight at Collège de Dainville, Paris, 1380


Teach with enthusiasm and devotion


Examine your students properly


Higher talent required to explain broadly than to impart specialized knowledge


Student evaluations of teaching are of limited value


Advice on becoming a true scientist from Sinclair Lewis’s Arrowsmith


Professor von Jolly’s 1878 prediction of the end of theoretical physics, as reported by Max Planck 


Reprehensible behavior in a large population theorem


Breakdown of the 1994 Agreed Framework between the United States and North Korea


Ginzburg’s regret at not being the first to discover the BCS theory of superconductivity


“Please, sir, I want some more citations”


Traits of extraordinary achievers


The “vagrant and unfocused” career of Leonardo da Vinci


Pascal’s Conformal Commitment


1936, the year of the first Fields Medalist, and the year MIT kicked him out