Data Science in Python: Olympic Gold

The first assignment for the University of Michigan course ‘Introduction to Data Science in Python’ on Coursera requires some basic data cleaning, and analysis using Pandas. Continue reading Data Science in Python: Olympic Gold

Charting in Python: Weather Data

This post explores weather data – more specifically, daily maximum and minimum temperatures – for the Netherlands between 2005 and 2015, as part of Assignment II in the Coursera course ‘Applied Plotting, Charting & Data Representation in Python’ by the University of Michigan. Continue reading Charting in Python: Weather Data

A History of the Now: Charles Baudelaire and Virginia Woolf

In this essay I compare the use of memory and history in works by Charles Baudelaire and Virginia Woolf, mainly focusing on Le Spleen de Paris and To The Lighthouse. I argue that they use these concepts in different manners, namely Baudelaire reflects on his observations in ‘the now’, while Woolf reflects on the events that shaped us and our continuous journey of reconciling the past with the now. Continue reading A History of the Now: Charles Baudelaire and Virginia Woolf

The Indelible Stamp Of Our Humble Beginnings: Darwin and Nietzsche

In The Descent of Man, Charles Darwin writes that “Man still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin”. Here, I compare Darwin’s views to those of Friedrich Nietzsche. Continue reading The Indelible Stamp Of Our Humble Beginnings: Darwin and Nietzsche

Was Jean-Jacques Rousseau an Enlightenment figure?

This essay compares some of the ideas expressed by Immanuel Kant countered by those expressed by Jean-Jacques Rousseau with regard to enlightenment. More specifically, it considers whether Rousseau can be classified as an enlightenment figure according to the definition of enlightenment proposed by Kant. Continue reading Was Jean-Jacques Rousseau an Enlightenment figure?