Category Archives: modern life

Flipping Wyoming

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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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Truth, Trump, and Trisectors

What is truth? said jesting Pilate, and did not stay for an answer. —Francis Bacon Lately there’s been a lot of news about fake news (some of it, for all I know, fake). Critics are urging Facebook, Google, and Twitter … Continue reading

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Geotargeted by the NY Times

Reading the Times this morning, I got to the middle of a story about the cost of medical care when I was stopped by this passage: Consider Boston, our best guess for where you might be reading this article. It’s … Continue reading

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Ramsey Theory in the Dining Room

Friends were coming for dinner, and we would be eight at the table. When I pulled the wine glasses out of the cupboard, I found quite a miscellaneous array of stemware—an equilibrium distribution reached after many years of occasional additions … Continue reading

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