lundi 27 juin 2011

questions of politeness

Recently, the Harvard School of Applied Sciences proposed a position of a "science and cooking" professor.

Wonderful... but with two issues.

1. science and cooking: this is very imprecise ! what is to be taught and to who ? Will it be science, or cooking ? In a school training technologists (I assume), technology should be the goal, but here ?

2. there is primarily the awful name of the school : "applied sciences"! I already discussed the issue too much, and I shall not explain again why this is a mistake, and why there are no applied sciences, but only sciences, or the applications of sciences. If it is applied, it is no longer science !

I wrote to the dean of Harvard to explain the two questions... and no answer after some months. I know that he/she got the lettre. Impoliteness ?