Monthly Archives: April 2008

The problem of describing trees

When I finished writing about the Zeno wagering game recently, I had some trees left over, so I thought I would try planting them here. In the Zeno article I was trying to understand and explain the structure of this … Continue reading

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The temblor forecast

From the Associated Press, via the New York Times: LOS ANGELES (AP) — California faces an almost certain risk of being rocked by a strong earthquake by 2037, scientists said in the first statewide temblor forecast. New calculations reveal there … Continue reading

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In Zeno’s footsteps

The latest issue of American Scientist is just out, both on the newsstand and on the web. My “Computing Science” column is titled “Wagering with Zeno”; it returns to a subject mentioned briefly in an earlier column, “Follow the Money.” … Continue reading

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Hard covers

My new book has come out this week: Group Theory in the Bedroom, and Other Mathematical Diversions, Hill and Wang, xi+269 pages, $25. ISBN-10: 0-8090-5219-9, ISBN-13: 978-0-8090-5219-9, Library of Congress Call Number: T185.H39 2008. This is a collection of essays … Continue reading

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