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Long division

I’ve been dividing the continent again. Back in the summer of 2000, on a coast-to-coast car trip, I began wondering about the Great Divide, the line that traces the spine of North America, separating the Atlantic and Pacific watersheds. How … Continue reading

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Marketplace of Ideas interview

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of chatting with Colin Marshall, whose radio show “The Marketplace of Ideas” is broadcast and webcast from KCSB in Santa Barbara. The main subject of our talk was Group Theory in … Continue reading

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Promoting my promotions

I’ll be on the radio Monday (May 26th) at 6 p.m., chatting with Dorian Devins about my recent book Group Theory in the Bedroom, and Other Mathematical Diversions. If you’re within shouting range of Jersey City, N.J., you can listen … Continue reading

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Hard covers

My new book has come out this week: Group Theory in the Bedroom, and Other Mathematical Diversions, Hill and Wang, xi+269 pages, $25. ISBN-10: 0-8090-5219-9, ISBN-13: 978-0-8090-5219-9, Library of Congress Call Number: T185.H39 2008. This is a collection of essays … Continue reading

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Amazon poker

Investors are constantly checking the stock ticker, gamblers check the point spread, and everybody is forever checking their e-mail. For a writerly type like me, however, the unshakeable obsession is checking my Amazon sales rank. Amazon.com calculates a sales rank … Continue reading

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