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quantumaniac: CLEARLY: I don’t want to write down all the in-between steps. TRIVIAL: If I have to show you how to do this, you’re in the wrong class. OBVIOUSLY: I hope you weren’t sleeping when we discussed this earlier, because I refuse to repeat it. RECALL: I shouldn’t have to tell you this, but for those of you who erase your memory tapes after every test, here it is again. WITHOUT LOSS...
More Math Humor.
quantumaniac: Two mathematicians were having dinner in a restaurant, arguing about the average mathematical knowledge of the American public. One mathematician claimed that this average was woefully inadequate, the other maintained that it was surprisingly high. “I’ll tell you what,” said the cynic. “Ask that waitress a simple math question. If she gets it right, I’ll pick up dinner. If not,...
No one understands quantum mechanics.– Richard Feynman (who was NOT excluding himself from this statement, even though he knew more about quantum mechanics than virtually everyone else). (via notanothernerdsblog)
((lambda (x) (requiescat-in-pace x)) ‘john-mccarthy)– via (via fooyeahcode)
John McCarthy, Inventor of Lisp and Coiner of...
rmenes: October is really starting to suck for geeks everywhere. First we lost Steve Jobs, then Dennis Ritchie, and now we’ve lost a third alpha geek today. John McCarthy was the creator of the Lisp programming language (which, in my eyes, is one of the most beautiful languages designed), as well as the man who coined the term “artificial intelligence”. His Lisp language was the choice language...
Prime number theorem: an example of why... →
The reason that people are looking for a fictional field F1 is to solve problems in number fields, that have counterparts in function fields. Some problems are already solved in one of them, but not in the other, e.g. Riemann’s Hypothesis. Others are already solved in both worlds, like the Prime Number Theorem (PNT), which is the subject of this post. The original proof(s) of PNT in number theory...
Experimental mathematics: Computing power leads to... →
In his 1989 book “The Emperor’s New Mind”, Roger Penrose commented on the limitations on human knowledge with a striking example: He conjectured that we would most likely never know whether a string of 10 consecutive 7s appears in the digital expansion of the number pi. Just 8 years later, Yasumasa Kanada used a computer to find exactly that string, starting at the 22869046249th...
The Parabolic Sieve of Prime Numbers →
Five Historic Female Mathematicians You Should... →
Sofia Kovalevskaya, Emmy Noether and Ada Lovelace are just three of the many famous female mathematicians you should know. Images courtesy of Wikicommons Albert Einstein called Emmy Noether a creative mathematical genius
Epic pi quest sets 10 trillion digit record →
Pi-crunching machine (Image: Alexander J. Yee & Shigeru Kondo) A pair of pi enthusiasts have calculated the largest chunk of the mathematical constant yet, reaching just over 10 trillion digits. Alexander Yee and Shigeru Kondo, respectively a computer scientist in the US and a systems engineer in Japan, fought hard-drive failures and narrowly missed widespread technical disruptions due to...
Plan to throw one away; you will anyways.– Fred Brooks on Prototyping (via auirchef)
Top 10 Reasons Why Darth Vader was an Amazing... →
If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there– George Harrison
Ten Problems in Experimental Mathematics →
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Numerical study of the derivative of the Riemann... →
arxiv-math: Authors: Ghaith A. Hiary, Andrew M. Odlyzko The derivative of the Riemann zeta function was computed numerically on several large sets of zeros at large heights. Comparisons to known and conjectured asymptotics are presented.
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kathleenelaine: gummybearofdoom: Happy- “I’m Happy Just To Dance With You”- The Beatles Love- ”Let Me Put My Love Into You”- ACDC hate- ”Needled 24/7” - Children of Bodom Light- ”Lights Out”- Jethro Tull Dark- ”Now It’s Dark”- Anthrax Good- ”Good Night”- The Beatles Bad- ”Bad Selection”- Deadmau5 Smile- ”God Put a Smile” Upon Your Face- Coldplay Cry- ”Cry Just a Little”- Avantasia ...
UNIX is basically a simple operating system, but you have to be a genius to...– Dennis Ritchie, who was a genius,RIP (via @Werner)
The Call of Cthulhu as a Dr. Seuss Style... →
rmenes: I’m sure Dr. Seuss must have read at least some Lovecraft in his days.
I think there should be an Occupy Gallifrey. “Because 0.000001% of the people...– http://twitter.com/#!/neilhimself/status/123427299734462464 (via neil-gaiman)
A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.– Unknown