The morning was unremarkable. Having taken the first ten minutes to settle my eighth-grade physics class and direct their attention to the front, they now sat in fragile silence, their carping glares conveying mild annoyance at my interrupting their conversations. …


It was eighth-grade mathematics. Our teacher sat at the front corner of the room, an orderly stack of test papers resting on her desk. One by one she called our names, announcing our grades, and at times appending a laconic criticism or comment. …


For most of us, the basic mechanisms behind training and conditioning would seem straightforward: if we train hard and consistently, we will gradually become fitter, faster, or stronger. And that is true. …


The greatest challenge to training success lies in identifying our own motivations to exercise.

Antonia was a new client: exceptionally tall, timid and self-conscious. Over the course of several weeks, I had watched her grow gradually more familiar and comfortable with the hustle and bustle of the gym environment. …


Cheating is not only rife; it is the standard. That was the conclusion I related to the high school principal at one of my former schools, following our first round of internal examinations. I estimated, conservatively, that some 80% of the student body had engaged in academic dishonesty — cheating…


A popular Indian fable tells of a Brahmin by the name of Lahur Sessa, who travels south to seek an audience with King Ladava at the royal palace. Received by the king, Sessa presents him with his new game of Chaturanga — the game which we now know as chess…


It was 1994. A skinny, hesitant nineteen-year-old man stepped into the nightclub-like darkness of a popular inner-city Melbourne gymnasium. Dimly lit and overcrowded with the early evening traffic, its long, arched hallways reverberated with heavy bass and the frequent overpassing of trains. Staff and members moved about the cramped spaces…


“It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.” “The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.” Or everyone’s favourite, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.”


Losing weight is trivially simple — in theory. The underlying physics is unquestionable, guaranteed by the Law of Conservation of Energy which states that energy cannot be created or destroyed, only transferred or changed from one form to another. It follows, therefore, that if our output is greater than our…

Peter O'Donnell

School/university teacher (mathematics, physics, English); computer scientist (BITS); high-performance coach (ASCA L2); passionate advocate of social justice

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