Rodney Nillsen
University of Wollongong
NSW, AUSTRALIA 2522
email: nillsen@uow.edu.au



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Read the paper Higher education policy and cultural change in universities. This paper will be published in the proceedings of the 2016 Annual Conference of the Independent Scholars Association of Australia.

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The year 2012 was the bicentenary of the birth of the celebrated English writer Charles Dickens (d. 1870). Go to the Charles Dickens Page to read about his life and work.
  • Read about the Slovak-Australian mathematician Igor Kluvánek, and you may also read a paper given in Badin, Slovakia, at the conference "The University: place of meeting and confrontation between faith and reason" held there in September 2011
  • Richard Dawkins and the God hypothesis
  • The research-teaching nexus
  • Leading-edge your objectives -- read a (rather unorthodox) submission to the Bradley enquiry on universities
  • "Driving to work, there was an amazingly vivid, complete and long-lasting rainbow. There's a rational explanation, of course. But each explanation has its own level, and the phenomenon always transcends the explanation. That is what makes science possible -- and wonder also." Read more current comments
  • The book Randomness and Recurrence in Dynamical Systems was published by the Mathematical Association of America in 2010 as volume 31 in the Carus Monographs Series ... read more
  • Read about pentagons and the golden ratio, and the irrationality of the square root of five
  • Read about an elegant result in Fourier analysis of Gary H. Meisters and Wolfgang M. Schmidt. To read a description of the result at undergraduate level, click here
  • Mathematical quotations
  • Usk
    Do not suddenly break the branch, or
    Hope to find
    The white hart over the white well.
    Glance aside, not for lance, do not spell
    Old enchantments. Let them sleep.
    'Gently dip, but not too deep',
    Lift your eyes
    Where the roads dip and where the roads rise
    Seek only there
    Where the grey light meets the green air
    The Hermit's chapel, the pilgrim's prayer.
                                               T. S. Eliot