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The collections here are of a general interest, requiring no mathematical, scientific, or religious orientation but thought-provoking nonetheless.

Jul 032015
 

Dear Strict Constructionist: Please explain to me why the second amendment does not protect my right to build an unlimited arsenal of inter-continental nuclear rockets in my back yard? I mean if my home owners association approved, of course. Obviously no sane person would allow this, but you are strict constructionist so what sane people [more …]

 Posted by at 10:50 pm
Jul 032015
 

What I’ve learned these last 15 years (listening to talk radio) * Greed is good (ignore Bernie Madoff, Enron, and all those pesky financial crisis) * Lowering taxes is the best way to boost the economy (pay no attention to Kansas) * Austerity is the best thing for Greece (don’t look at Greece) * QE [more …]

 Posted by at 10:43 pm
Nov 072009
 

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Gauss said that if the truth of this formula is not immediately apparent to you, you will never be a top notch mathematician.

Even for those of us who do not immediately see the truth of this formula, we can nevertheless recognize the breathtaking beauty of an equation that relates so many fundamentals: zero, one, addition, multiplication, exponents, pi, i, and e. Truly staggering! And here’s a video explaining it…