Category Archives: computing

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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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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Another technological tragedy

One Thursday afternoon last month, dozens of fires and explosions rocked three towns along the Merrimack River in Massachusetts. By the end of the day 131 buildings were damaged or destroyed, one person was killed, and more than 20 were … Continue reading

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The Mind Wanders

On my walk to the Berkeley campus this morning I brushed my fingers through the leaves of an aromatic shrub, and then inhaled the familiar fragrance. I do this every day, and every day the first word that stands up … 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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