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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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Alfonso’s universe

Tardy announcement: I’ll be giving a talk tomorrow at Harvard. Details. If you’re in the neighborhood, please look in. Update: Harvard has posted video of the talk; please have a look, if you’re interested, and you’re equipped to play RealMedia … Continue reading

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Rosalind

This morning I’m about to get on the T and go to Cambridge City Hall for a significant personal event. I’d like to celebrate the occasion with a few lines of verse by the great mathematician (and lesser poet) James … Continue reading

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Good company

Scott Aaronson, at Shtetl-Optimized, blogs: To those of us who can’t tell a hypotenuse from a rhombus, the phrase “math journalism” sounds like an oxymoron. It brings to mind boring pedants like Martin Gardner, Sara Robinson, and Brian Hayes…. Thanks, … Continue reading

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