Monthly Archives: September 2008

Alfonso’s universe

Tardy announcement: I’ll be giving a talk tomorrow at Harvard. Details. If you’re in the neighborhood, please look in. Update: Harvard has posted video of the talk; please have a look, if you’re interested, and you’re equipped to play RealMedia … Continue reading

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An amiable companion

The mail has brought me an early copy of The Princeton Companion to Mathematics, a 1,034-page compendium edited by Timothy Gowers (as well as June Barrow-Green and Imre Leader, associate editors), with contributions from more than 130 other authors. I’ve … Continue reading

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Let’s blame the accountants

Economics has always mystified me, but watching the death spiral on Wall Street this past week has left me even more baffled than usual. I don’t pretend to understand what’s happening. But this morning I’ve begun to wonder if maybe—just … Continue reading

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Marketplace of Ideas interview

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of chatting with Colin Marshall, whose radio show “The Marketplace of Ideas” is broadcast and webcast from KCSB in Santa Barbara. The main subject of our talk was Group Theory in … Continue reading

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Shut up and program!

This is an update to “Shut up and calculate!” (which was posted here three weeks ago, 2008-08-12). Many thanks to the readers who have suggested programming languages or environments for inquisitive computing. There are a dozen or so recommendations in … Continue reading

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