Yearly Archives: 2013

My First 1000000 Years

Limites Hay una línea de Verlaine que no volveré a recordar, Hay una calle próxima que está vedada a mis pasos, Hay un espejo que me ha visto por última vez, Hay una puerta que he cerrado hasta el fin … Continue reading

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Boldface names

Strolling across Killian Court, the only sizeable patch of public grass on the MIT campus, I glanced up at the entabulature pictured above. Chiseled into the marble façade are the names of eleven celestial mechanics: astronomers and mathematicians who figured … Continue reading

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Try a little tendrilness

I was in Florida for the New Horizons in Science briefings of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. On my way home I took a detour to hike a few miles through the Green Swamp, west of Orlando. … Continue reading

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The friendlier skies

It’s not the best picture I’ve ever snapped while climbing out of Logan Airport, but it’s the first one in years that I haven’t taken furtively, palming the camera to conceal it from the cabin crew. And what if the … Continue reading

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The keys to the keydom

Your security and privacy on the Internet (to the extent that such quaint notions still have meaning) depend on the difficulty of factoring certain large numbers. For example, take this 1,024-bit integer: X = 123784517654557044204572030015647643260197571566202790882488143432336664289 53013160757127360381500856200680250007894557646372684708763884626821078230649 285613963510276802208436872101227718450860737080502115462982139570265498874808 3875440199841915223400907734192655713097895866822706517949507993107455319103401 The number printed above … Continue reading

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