Author Archives: Brian Hayes

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Midcentury Monuments

Three serious books lie open before me. I had a variety of reasons for checking them out of the library, although they’re all related in one way or another to current goings on here at the Simons Institute: Donald O. … Continue reading

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Notes from JMM 2018

The annual Joint Mathematics Meeting always charges my batteries. Here are few items from this year’s gathering in San Diego. A Formal Affair In 1994 a document called the QED Manifesto made the rounds of certain mathematical mailing lists and … Continue reading

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Flipping Wyoming

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Sir Roger Penrose’s Toilet Paper

Twenty years ago, Kimberly-Clark, the Kleenex company, introduced a line of toilet paper embossed with the kite-and-dart aperiodic tiling discovered by Roger Penrose. When I first heard about this, I thought: How clever. Because the pattern never repeats, the creases … Continue reading

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The Threats to the Net

My first glimpse of the World Wide Web came in 1993 on a visit to Fermilab, the physics playground near Chicago. Tom Nash, head of the computing division, showed me a screenful of text with a few highlighted phrases. When … Continue reading

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