Personal blog for Alex Small, a young and cranky traditionalist physics professor.
This blog is primarily for me to blog my responses to books that I'm reading. Sometimes I blog about other stuff too, though.
I'm currently reading Measuring Success, an edited volume on standardized tests for college admissions. The editors are Jack Buckley, Lynn Letukas, and Ben Wildavsky. There are numerous contributing authors.
I'm an associate professor of physics at Cal Poly Pomona. My research interests are mostly in biomedical applications of optics (especially theoretical limits to superresolution, and also light scattering calculations), with some side interests in percolation theory.
I am using this blog to chronicle my responses to books that I'm reading, particularly books about higher education issues. It's a way to work out issues in my mind.