Category Archives: modern life

My First 1000000 Years

Limites Hay una línea de Verlaine que no volveré a recordar, Hay una calle próxima que está vedada a mis pasos, Hay un espejo que me ha visto por última vez, Hay una puerta que he cerrado hasta el fin … Continue reading

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Boldface names

Strolling across Killian Court, the only sizeable patch of public grass on the MIT campus, I glanced up at the entabulature pictured above. Chiseled into the marble façade are the names of eleven celestial mechanics: astronomers and mathematicians who figured … Continue reading

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The friendlier skies

It’s not the best picture I’ve ever snapped while climbing out of Logan Airport, but it’s the first one in years that I haven’t taken furtively, palming the camera to conceal it from the cabin crew. And what if the … Continue reading

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Flying Nonmetric Airways

It’s the nature of triangles that no one side can be longer than the sum of the other two sides: For triangle ABC, AC ≤ AB + BC. This is the triangle inequality. Euclid proved it (Book I, Proposition 20). … Continue reading

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Powerlessness

It’s been two weeks since the storm called Sandy hit the East Coast, with devastating effects on both people and infrastructure. I have some remarks to make about just one aspect of the damage: the prolonged power outage in parts … Continue reading

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