Monthly Archives: March 2013

Sphere packings and Hamiltonian paths

In an American Scientist column published last November, I discussed efforts by groups at Harvard and Yale to identify arrangements of n equal-size spheres that maximize the number of pairwise contacts between spheres. The Harvard collaboration (Natalie Arkus, Vinothan N. … Continue reading

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Recursive driveling

If there’s anything inaner than turning literature into drivel, it’s turning drivel into drivel. I’ve added a “recurse” button to the drivel generator. It feeds the output back to the input, like xeroxing a xerox. What happens when this process … Continue reading

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