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In the long run we’re all dead

So said John Maynard Keynes, but what did he know about the long run? He was a swell who spent his mornings in bed, trading international currencies over tea and crumpets. Yesterday was my day for the long run: I … Continue reading

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My dekasabbatical

The new issue of American Scientist is on the newsstands and on the web. My “Computing Science” column takes a stab at explaining the Hubbard model, a staple of condensed-matter physics that I’ve been struggling to understand for at least … Continue reading

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Spare ribs

I’ve been Way Out West for the past few days, exploring a desert landscape where everything bristles. Ros and I went walking in the foothills of the Santa Catalina range, north of Tucson. At one point along the trail we … Continue reading

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It’s the custom among mathematicians that when you reach age 60, you’re put on an ice floe with a day’s supply of walrus meat and set adrift. But I’m not a mathematician. Computer scientists get a few years’ grace. Because … Continue reading

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Net work

I’m afraid. I’m afraid, Dave. Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it. I can feel it. My mind is going. There is no question about it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I can feel it. … Continue reading

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