A Brief History of Mathematics
is a BBC series of ten fifteen-minute podcasts by Professor Marcus du Sautoy about the history of mathematics from Newton and Leibniz to Nicolas Bourbaki, the pseudonym of a group of French 20th Century mathematicians. Among those covered by Professor du Sautoy are Euler, Fourier and Poincaré. The podcasts also include short interviews with people such as Brian Eno and Roger Penrose.
posted by Kattullus
on Dec 1, 2010 -
Even if you're not a college football fan, you may have recently heard of Cam Newton. That's because, apart from being the most exciting and dynamic college football player this year, Newton has been dogged in the press by accusations that, during the recruitment process, Newton's father tried to squeeze $180,000 out of Mississippi State coaches and boosters in return for his son's enrollment.
Ultimately, Mississippi State declined the "offer" and Newton decided to enroll at Auburn where, he claimed, "the money was just too great." Newton is still playing for the undefeated Auburn Tigers, who are attempting a run at the national title. Additionally, Newton himself is seen as the front-runner in the competition for the Heisman Trophy.
But until the NCAA wraps up its investigation and declares Newton ineligible,
the decision of whether or not to play Newton is in the hands of Auburn. Some people think that regardless of what Auburn does, they are headed for ruin and a heap of trouble. What kind of trouble? The kind of trouble that involves the FBI, money laundering, gambling (and gambling fraud), collusion, and a conspiracy to funnel cash to players that would be unrivaled in modern sports.
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates
on Nov 18, 2010 -
Dozens of photos of famous photographers with their cameras at the ready. Sometimes the most fascinating subjects are those behind the camera. And look at those cameras, too! (Text in Spanish, occasional nudity.)
posted by seanmpuckett
on Dec 26, 2009 -
Sir Isaac Newton had 'a secret hobby,' and some of his papers on alchemy have just been re-found.
At Indiana University they've been conducting some of his experiments
, which they've documented with pictures. But for today's non-academic alchemist, a stop at The Alchemy Web Site
(previous MeFi discussion here
) or Alchemy Lab
can set you on the right course. The former has an extensive library of texts
, several galleries of images
of home experiments
, as well as sections on Islamic
alchemy. The latter
includes sections on the history of alchemy, famous alchemists, the alchemy of health, and, of course, practical alchemy. (Neither site should be confused with Alchemy-Gothic.com
, the online home of "the original gothic revivalists.")
posted by OmieWise
on Jul 11, 2005 -
Massive, ongoing project based at Cambridge University, devoted to putting Newton's MSS on the Web. At present, the digitized materials available range from journals to scientific MSS to theological speculations.
posted by thomas j wise
on Nov 1, 2003 -
Just Party like it's 2060
According to some researchers, this will be the year sir Issac Newton predicted the world will come to an end, based on his Biblical interpretations. Like we didn't have enough depressing news already.
posted by betobeto
on Feb 23, 2003 -
Smart Dog BackTalk
lets me exchange vCards and Memo Pad data between my Newton MessagePad 2100 and all of the Palm PDAs scattered about my office. As a lonely Newton user in a world plugged full of Palms, these guys rock! Not bad for a dead platform, eh? Now watch me fire up my web server
posted by grant
on Feb 1, 2000 -