Power Grids as Complex Networks. Typology and Fragility

Abstract We almost certainly agree that the harnessing of electricity can be considered the most important technological advance of the twentieth century. The development that allows this control is the power grid, an intricate system composed of generators, substations and transformers connected by cable lines hundreds of kilometers long. Its presence is nowadays so intertwined [...]

Parts of the Whole: Cognition, Schemas, and Quantitative Reasoning

Abstract Based loosely on ideas of Jean Piaget and Richard Skemp, this Parts of the Whole column considers the construction of knowledge in mathematics and quantitative reasoning. Examples are chosen that illustrate an important cognitive difference between quantitative numeracy and classical mathematics, and which illuminate the particular choices instructors must make in order to teach [...]