Monthly Archives: June 2010

A twist of fate

The school of philosophy called Antipodianism briefly flourished on the fringes of the Hellenistic world more than 2,000 years ago. The sect held that every person has an opposite number, a mirror image who inverts all our beliefs, feelings, actions … Continue reading

Posted in problems and puzzles | 6 Comments

Disentangling Gaussians

The printed program for the recent STOC meeting in Cambridge announced the following talk: Unfortunately, the fourth author could not be present (and he is not listed as an author on the paper itself), so the talk was given by … Continue reading

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The snarXiv

The snarXiv is a ran­dom high-energy the­ory paper gen­er­a­tor incor­po­rat­ing all the lat­est trends, entropic rea­son­ing, and excit­ing mod­uli spaces. The arXiv is sim­i­lar, but occa­sion­ally less ran­dom. Inspiring! Soon bit-player, too, will be generated by a context-free grammar, and … Continue reading

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A hole in the bottom of the ocean

The explosion and fire that destroyed the drilling rig Deepwater Horizon on the night of April 20 was a run-of-the-mill industrial accident. In saying this, I don’t mean to make light of the disaster, in which 11 workers perished. Nevertheless, … Continue reading

Posted in modern life, off-topic | 7 Comments