Monthly Archives: April 2019

Where is π today? The nature of the mathematical universe.

Mathematicians discovered a new [whole] number. It’s between six and seven and is called “bleen”. -George Carlin When we’re talking about π, what are we talking about? What kind of object is it? A number, your text book will tell you. … Continue reading

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One Day in the Greece

I’ve been to Greece often enough that I’ve picked up a bit of (modern) Greek. Like anyone in  my situation, I’ve had fun spotting Greek words with Englishs cognates based on Greek roots, popping up with unusual meanings in unusual contexts. … Continue reading

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B before A

Remember this Wadge’s Law Whenever you want to do something, there’s always someone who says there’s something else you have to do first. Call  the thing you want to do A, the thing you’ve been told you have to do … Continue reading

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