Monthly Archives: July 2008


This morning I’m about to get on the T and go to Cambridge City Hall for a significant personal event. I’d like to celebrate the occasion with a few lines of verse by the great mathematician (and lesser poet) James … Continue reading

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F. Fortesque Fingerhut

Riffling through some file folders last night, I happened upon an item that I evidently clipped out of Datamation years ago. It’s titled “Magic Moments in Software,” by Deborah Sojka and Philip H. Dorn. I can’t find a date on … Continue reading

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arXival mysteries

Catching up on new submissions to the arXiv, I came across a paper by Robert Baillie, “Summing the Curious Series of Kempner and Irwin,” which is item 0806.4410 in the mathematics listings. Here’s the abstract, exactly as it appears at … Continue reading

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I’ve been Scrabbling by email lately. In today’s game my partner started out by playing H E X and I responded with A H W E E X At this point my opponent might well have continued with another three-letter … Continue reading

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