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Q: How many miles is it to the crab nebula? How does one even figure this out?
A: The cosmic distance ladder! Here's a talk by Fields medalist Terrence Tao on methods for indirect calculation of distances to astronomical objects. Here's Tao's blog post on the subject, including the slides for the talk. And here's a Wikipedia page. [more inside]

posted by kaibutsu on Oct 22, 2012 - 17 comments

posted by kaibutsu on Oct 22, 2012 - 17 comments

A generating function is a way to keep track of a lot of related numbers all at once... The study of generating functions is an art and a science known as 'generatingfunctionology,' and its bible is free for all to download. [more inside]

posted by kaibutsu on Apr 22, 2010 - 25 comments

posted by kaibutsu on Apr 22, 2010 - 25 comments

SAGE is a free, open-source computer algebra system. [more inside]

posted by kaibutsu on Oct 30, 2009 - 37 comments

posted by kaibutsu on Oct 30, 2009 - 37 comments

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