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John Nash and the Mathematics of Game Theory

By Samuel Phineas Upham

Born in Bluefield, West Virginia, John Forbes Nash Jr. is the mathematician most responsible for the fundamentals behind game theory and differential geometry. Most people know his as the “mind” in the movie “A Beautiful Mind.”

Nash spent much of his time looking at the factors that govern chance in a given circumstance. He became an expert at finding order within the complex systems at play in …

How to Help Your Troubled Teen

By Wood Creek Academy

Everyone remembers how difficult it was to be a teenager. Between school, your social life and trying to make sense of the world, our teenage years almost always mean some kind of challenge or two that seems too big to overcome.

Unfortunately, for many teenagers, things are especially difficult for them. They really go off the right path and actually put their entire futures at risk. This …

The Draft Riots of 1863

By Phineas Upham

One of the overshadowed aspects of the Civil War took place in New York City from July 13th to 16th in the year 1863. This time period was known as Draft Week back then, but history would remember the event as the New York City Draft Riots.

Congress had enacted laws that same year that were meant to conscript for the Civil War. They needed men …

Wilderness Therapy Programs Are Proven to Work

Written by Wood Creek Academy.

It can seem like there are no good solutions for parents dealing with teenage boys who are constantly getting into trouble. Some teens simply don’t change their ways after getting in trouble at home, at school or even with the law. For some parents, there can be a feeling of hopelessness and a sense that the situation will never be fixed.

However, there is hope in …

The Founding of The Wall Street Journal

By Phineas Upham

During the latter portion of the twentieth century, New York reinvented itself as a media powerhouse. The Wall Street Journal was one of several brands native to the city that had recognition across the nation, and, in some cases, across the world too.

The Wall Street Journal was especially notable because it had been around almost as long as the New York Stock Exchange had. The Journal began …

Isaac Sears: An Early American Patriot

By Phineas Upham

Isaac Sears played a crucial role during the buildup to the American Revolutionary War, and the war itself. A merchant and a sailor, Sears began his life as a sailor at sixteen. By the time the Stamp Act of 1765 was passed, he was standing among the men who were in full and open opposition to this new form of taxation by the British.

He joined the Sons …

The Economy During the Enlightenment

By Phineas Upham

The Enlightenment occurred just before the Industrial Revolution, which meant that activity in Europe was experiencing a fairly steady incline. This period was when the House of Rothschild and the Barring Brothers represented the largest usurers. This was a time when railroads and factories were being built, laying the groundwork for modern infrastructure. An incredible amount of money was set to change hands, and momentous structures were being …

Teenage Academic Issues and How to Overcome Them

Written by Wood Creek Academy

Teenage years are by far the most challenging ones for the parents. During adolescence, teenagers encounter so many issues of various nature such as a shift in social connection, academic pressures and sentimental problems. It might be hard for the teenager to keep up with all these issues. From the parent’s side, there are several actions that can be taken in order to help them to …

The California Pacific International Exposition

By Samuel Phineas Upham

We call it the California World’s Fair of 1935, but they called it the California Pacific International Exposition. Certainly a flair for language. The gathering was meant to showcase San Diego and to give its economy a shot in the arm, so to speak, and get things going.

Frank Drugan was the man with the plan, and he’d arrived in San Diego only two years before the …

Coping with Teenage Academic Issues

Wood Creek Academy

Parenting a teenager can be one of the most challenging roles in parenthood. Teenagers are faced with so many changes during their adolescence. These changes take the form of shifting social connections, different after school activities and academic pressures. It can be hard for them to keep up with all that. There are certain actionable strategies that parents might undertake in order to cater for difficulties to handle …