Author Archives: Brian Hayes

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737: The MAX Mess

Controlled Flight into Terrain is the aviation industry’s term for what happens when a properly functioning airplane plows into the ground because the pilots are distracted or disoriented. What a nightmare. Even worse, in my estimation, is Automated Flight into … Continue reading

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Divisive factorials!

The other day I was derailed by this tweet from Fermat’s Library: The moment I saw it, I had to stop in my tracks, grab a scratch pad, and check out the formula. The result made sense in a rough-and-ready … Continue reading

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A Room with a View

On my visit to Baltimore for the Joint Mathematics Meetings a couple of weeks ago, I managed to score a hotel room with a spectacular scenic view. My seventh-floor perch overlooked the Greene Street substation of the Baltimore Gas and … Continue reading

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Glauber’s dynamics

Roy J. Glauber, Harvard physics professor for 65 years, longtime Keeper of the Broom at the annual Ig Nobel ceremony, and winner of a non-Ig Nobel, has died at age 93. Glauber is known for his work in quantum optics; … Continue reading

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Empty nest season

I am past the stage of life when the kids go off to school in the fall, but nonetheless the house is feeling a bit desolate at this time of year. My companions of the summer have gone to earth … Continue reading

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