MetaFilter posts tagged with numbers and math
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Posts tagged with 'numbers' and 'math' at MetaFilter.Sun, 01 Dec 2013 16:19:50 -0800Sun, 01 Dec 2013 16:19:50 -0800en-ushttp://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss60binding the andat
http://www.metafilter.com/134338/binding%2Dthe%2Dandat
<a href="http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/11/prime/all/">Closing in on the twin prime conjecture</a> (<a href="https://www.simonsfoundation.org/quanta/20131119-together-and-alone-closing-the-prime-gap/">Quanta</a>) - "Just months after <a href="http://www.metafilter.com/128049/Quite-a-day-for-analytic-number-theory">Zhang</a> announced his result, <a href="http://arxiv.org/abs/1311.4600">Maynard</a> has presented an independent proof that pushes the gap down to 600. A <a href="http://terrytao.wordpress.com/tag/polymath8/">new Polymath project</a> is in the planning stages, to try to combine the collaboration's techniques with Maynard's approach to push this bound even lower." <a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/117663015413546257905/posts/LxR23RdyvuF">also btw</a> :P (<a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/117663015413546257905/posts/jd5K4jBKRYP">for fun</a>!)
-<a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/117663015413546257905/posts/Z4cUWGQp8Ar">Schröder–Hipparchus numbers</a> (<a href="http://golem.ph.utexas.edu/category/2013/04/permutations_polynomials_and_p.html">The Hipparchus Operad</a>)
-<a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/117663015413546257905/posts/WoXqXCzkc9S">Quasi</a>-<a href="http://golem.ph.utexas.edu/category/2013/06/quasicrystals_and_the_riemann.html">crystals</a> (<a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/117663015413546257905/posts/j4Xxg44n1t6">quantum physics and number theory</a>)
-<a href="https://www.simonsfoundation.org/quanta/20131126-to-settle-infinity-question-a-new-law-of-logic/">To Settle Infinity Question, a New Law of Mathematics</a>
oh and <a href="https://www.simonsfoundation.org/quanta/20131107-physicists-eye-quantum-gravity-interface/">perhaps</a> more practically...
-<a href="http://www.thephysicsmill.com/2013/10/13/causal-dynamical-triangulations/">Quantum Geometry: Causal Dynamical Triangulations</a> (<a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/117663015413546257905/posts/ATg9EwD5CJy">via</a>)
-<a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/117663015413546257905/posts/9HeN1sSQztA">Quantropy</a>
-<a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/117663015413546257905/posts/51Gd5adQZNM">Petri nets</a> (<a href="http://johncarlosbaez.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/petri-net-programming-part-3/">programming</a> <a href="http://www.metafilter.com/134300/ASCII-fluid-simulator">water</a>)
-<a href="http://johncarlosbaez.wordpress.com/2013/04/23/network-theory-part-29/">Network theory</a>
-<a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/117663015413546257905/posts/SrQe3Bsd9kp">The network of mathematics</a>
-<a href="http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/irvine/">The Foundations of Applied Mathematics</a> (<a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/117663015413546257905/posts/LX52bzbuWgH">topos theory</a>)
-<a href="http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/10/topology-data-sets/all/">Topological Data Analysis</a> tag:metafilter.com,2013:site.134338Sun, 01 Dec 2013 16:19:50 -0800kliuless"There's actually no such thing as an uninteresting natural number"
http://www.metafilter.com/132890/Theres%2Dactually%2Dno%2Dsuch%2Dthing%2Das%2Dan%2Duninteresting%2Dnatural%2Dnumber
io9 takes a look at <a href="http://io9.com/why-does-the-number-1729-show-up-in-so-many-futurama-ep-1445512975">why the number 1729 shows up in so many Futurama episodes</a>. It's mathtastic! tag:metafilter.com,2013:site.132890Wed, 16 Oct 2013 06:58:44 -0800quinVisualizing Numbers with WebGl
http://www.metafilter.com/129886/Visualizing%2DNumbers%2Dwith%2DWebGl
<a href="http://acko.net/blog/how-to-fold-a-julia-fractal/">How To Fold a Julia Fractal.</a> A beautiful interactive introduction to complex numbers, fractals and waves. <small>(Requires <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WebGL">WebGL</a>)</small>. <a href="http://acko.net/blog/to-infinity-and-beyond/">To Infinity And Beyond</a> is a similar introduction to calculus. tag:metafilter.com,2013:site.129886Thu, 11 Jul 2013 04:17:33 -0800empathProof and Community Standards
http://www.metafilter.com/127954/Proof%2Dand%2DCommunity%2DStandards
In August of last year, mathematician Shinichi Mochizuki reported that he had solved one of the great puzzles of number theory: the ABC conjecture (<a href="http://www.metafilter.com/119847/Mathematics-world-abuzz-with-a-proof-of-the-ABC-Conjecture">previously on Metafilter</a>). Almost a year later, no one else knows whether he has succeeded. <a href="http://projectwordsworth.com/the-paradox-of-the-proof/">No one can understand his proof.</a> tag:metafilter.com,2013:site.127954Fri, 10 May 2013 14:51:46 -0800painqualeComputerized Math, Formal Proofs and Alternative Logic
http://www.metafilter.com/126041/Computerized%2DMath%2DFormal%2DProofs%2Dandamp%2DAlternative%2DLogic
<a href="http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/03/computers-and-math/all/">Using computer systems for doing mathematical proofs</a> - "With the proliferation of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer-assisted_proof">computer-assisted proofs</a> that are all but impossible to check by hand, Hales thinks computers must become the judge." <blockquote>Three years ago, Vladimir Voevodsky, one of the organizers of a new program on the foundations of mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., discovered that a formal logic system that was developed by computer scientists, called "<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Type_theory">type theory</a>" could be used to re-create the entire mathematical universe from scratch. Type theory is consistent with the mathematical axioms, but couched in the language of computers. Voevodsky believes this alternative way to formalize mathematics, which he has renamed the <a href="http://video.ias.edu/univalent/voevodsky">univalent foundations of mathematics</a>, will streamline the process of formal theorem proving. Voevodsky and his team are adapting a <a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/117663015413546257905/posts/4BZRibN6iKQ">program named Coq</a>, which was designed to formally verify computer algorithms, for use in abstract mathematics.</blockquote>
also btw, speaking of mathematical revolutions, from a historical perspective, check out <a href="http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=the-man-of-numbers-fibona&print=true">The Man of Numbers: Fibonacci's Arithmetic Revolution</a> - "Before the 13th century Europeans used Roman numerals to do arithmetic. Leonardo of Pisa, better known today as Fibonacci, is largely responsible for the adoption of the Hindu–Arabic numeral system in Europe, which revolutionized not only mathematics but commerce and trade as well. How did the system spread from the Arab world to Europe, and what would our lives be without it?" tag:metafilter.com,2013:site.126041Sat, 16 Mar 2013 15:33:01 -0800kliulessthe power and beauty of mathematics
http://www.metafilter.com/124535/the%2Dpower%2Dand%2Dbeauty%2Dof%2Dmathematics
<a href="http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/the-curious-wavefunction/2013/01/22/an-eternity-of-infinities-the-power-and-beauty-of-mathematics/">An eternity of infinities</a> (<a href="http://economistsview.typepad.com/economistsview/2013/01/links-for-01-23-2013.html">via</a>) "The comparison of infinities is simple to understand and is a fantastic device for introducing children to the wonders of mathematics. It drives home the essential weirdness of the mathematical universe and raises penetrating questions not only about the nature of this universe but about the nature of the human mind that can comprehend it. One of the biggest questions concerns the nature of reality itself. Physics has also revealed counter-intuitive truths about the universe like the curvature of space-time, the duality of waves and particles and the spooky phenomenon of entanglement, but these truths undoubtedly have a real existence as observed through exhaustive experimentation. But what do the bizarre truths revealed by mathematics actually mean? Unlike the truths of physics they can't exactly be touched and seen. Can some of these such as the perceived differences between two kinds of infinities simply be a function of human perception, or do these truths point to an objective reality 'out there'? If they are only a function of human perception, what is it exactly in the structure of the brain that makes such wondrous creations possible? In the twenty-first century when neuroscience promises to reveal more of the brain than was ever possible, the investigation of mathematical understanding could prove to be profoundly significant." tag:metafilter.com,2013:site.124535Sat, 02 Feb 2013 09:14:26 -0800kliulessNumberphile: videos about numbers and stuff
http://www.metafilter.com/123329/Numberphile%2Dvideos%2Dabout%2Dnumbers%2Dand%2Dstuff
<a href="http://www.numberphile.com/index.html">Numberphile</a> is a website containing short videos (approx. 5-10 min.) about numbers and stuff. Mathematicians and physicists play around with the tools of their trade and explain things in simple, clear language. Learn things you didn't know you were interested in! Find out why <a href="http://www.numberphile.com/videos/smith_numbers.html">493-7775</a> is a pretty cool phone number! What's the significance of <a href="http://www.numberphile.com/videos/42.html">42</a>, anyway? What the heck is a <a href="http://www.numberphile.com/videos/vampire_numbers.html">vampire number</a>? Why does Pac-Man have only <a href="http://www.numberphile.com/videos/255.html">255</a> screens?
Suitable for viewing by everyone from intelligent and curious middle-schoolers to math-impaired adults. Browse their YouTube channel <a href="http://www.youtube.com/numberphile">here</a>. (<a href="https://twitter.com/notch/status/285258313535467520">Via</a>) tag:metafilter.com,2012:site.123329Sat, 29 Dec 2012 23:07:43 -0800BitterOldPunkFactor Conga
http://www.metafilter.com/121460/Factor%2DConga
<a href="http://www.datapointed.net/visualizations/math/factorization/animated-diagrams/">Animation of prime factorization of the integers</a> based on Brent Yorgey's factorization diagrams, described <a href="http://mathlesstraveled.com/2012/10/05/factorization-diagrams/">here</a>. [via <a href="http://www.datapointed.net/">Data Pointed</a>, <a href="http://www.metafilter.com/106060/Historical-Crayola-rainbow">previously</a>.] tag:metafilter.com,2012:site.121460Thu, 01 Nov 2012 08:17:09 -0800albrechtWhat is the smallest prime?
http://www.metafilter.com/120047/What%2Dis%2Dthe%2Dsmallest%2Dprime
<a href="http://arxiv.org/abs/1209.2007">What is the smallest prime?</a> "It seems that the number two should be the obvious answer, and today it is, but it was not always so. There were times when and mathematicians for whom the numbers one and three were acceptable answers. To find the first prime, we must also know what the first positive integer is. Surprisingly, with the definitions used at various times throughout history, one was often not the first positive integer (some started with two, and a few with three). In this article, we survey the history of the primality of one, from the ancient Greeks to modern times. We will discuss some of the reasons definitions changed, and provide several examples. We will also discuss the last significant mathematicians to list the number one as prime." tag:metafilter.com,2012:site.120047Tue, 18 Sep 2012 13:42:13 -0800escabecheBig (and small) Numbers
http://www.metafilter.com/115929/Big%2Dand%2Dsmall%2DNumbers
<a href="http://fatfonts.org/">FatFonts</a> creates <a href="http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21428635.500-font-for-digits-lets-numbers-punch-their-weight.html">numerical</a> <a href="http://calculatedimages.blogspot.ca/2012/05/fatfonts.html">fonts</a> where the amount of ink/pixels for each number is in direct proportion to its <a href="http://infosthetics.com/archives/2012/05/fatfonts_new_font_links_value_of_a_number_to_amount_of_pixels.html">value</a>. tag:metafilter.com,2012:site.115929Mon, 14 May 2012 11:09:42 -0800fearfulsymmetryNumber A Day
http://www.metafilter.com/111502/Number%2DA%2DDay
<a href="http://maanumberaday.blogspot.com/">NumberADay</a> - <em>Every working day, we post a number and offer a selection of that number’s properties.</em> tag:metafilter.com,2012:site.111502Wed, 11 Jan 2012 07:27:40 -0800WolfdogFinite formula found for partition numbers
http://www.metafilter.com/99788/Finite%2Dformula%2Dfound%2Dfor%2Dpartition%2Dnumbers
<a href="http://esciencecommons.blogspot.com/2011/01/new-theories-reveal-nature-of-numbers.html">New math theories reveal the nature of numbers</a> [<a href="http://www.aimath.org/news/partition/folsom-kent-ono.pdf">1</a>,<a href="http://www.aimath.org/news/partition/brunier-ono.pdf">2</a>] - "We prove that <a href="http://blogs.plos.org/badphysics/2011/01/20/ono/">partition numbers</a> are 'fractal' for every prime. <a href="http://www.science20.com/news_articles/partition_numbers_behave_fractals_says_mathematician-75556">These numbers</a>, in a way we make precise, are <a href="http://hiddencause.wordpress.com/2011/01/20/pn-is-a-fractal-when-n-is-prime/">self-similar</a> in a shocking way. Our 'zooming' procedure resolves several open conjectures, and it will change how mathematicians study partitions." (<a href="http://science.slashdot.org/story/11/01/21/2047229/Eulers-Partition-Function-Theory-Finished">/.</a>|<a href="http://economistsview.typepad.com/economistsview/2011/01/links-for-2011-01-20.html">via</a>) BONUS
<li><a href="http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2011/01/fractals-plus-quantum-mechanics-equals-chaos.ars">Fractals plus quantum mechanics equals chaos</a> - "investigating the properties of light when it is confined to a fractal object"
<li><a href="http://science.slashdot.org/story/11/01/20/1546206/Polynomial-Time-Code-For-3-SAT-Released-PNP">Polynomial Time Code For 3-SAT Released</a> - "This is not a P=NP paper."</li></li> tag:metafilter.com,2011:site.99788Sat, 22 Jan 2011 10:40:18 -0800kliulessthe idea of a fully operational zero...
http://www.metafilter.com/95159/the%2Didea%2Dof%2Da%2Dfully%2Doperational%2Dzero
"<em>Michel de Montaigne, whose essays transformed Western consciousness and literature, was not capable of solving basic arithmetic problems. And most other people would not be able to do so either, if not for the invention of decimal notation by an unknown mathematician in India 1500 years ago.</em>" <a href="http://experimentalmath.info/blog/2010/02/the-greatest-mathematical-discovery/"> The Greatest Mathematical Discovery?</a> (<a href="http://www.fas.org/sgp/eprint/discovery.pdf">expanded pdf</a>) a paper written for the US Dept. of Energy makes this assertion based in part on the work of Georges Ifrah. [<a href="http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/2010/08/too_many_secrets.html">via</a>] Number geeks may also enjoy:
- <a href="http://www.xs4all.nl/~adcs/stevin/telconst/10ths.html">Disme: The Art of Tenths</a> <small>(<a href="http://www.xs4all.nl/~adcs/stevin/telconst/10sme.html">Fr</a>.|<a href="http://www.xs4all.nl/~adcs/stevin/telconst/10e.html">Ned</a>.)</small> by Flemish mathematician Simon Stevin describing decimal notation's usefulness in everyday life.
- <a href="http://www.archive.org/stream/decimalsdecimali00harvuoft#page/n5/mode/2up">Decimals and Decimalization A Study and Sketch</a> (The First Canadian Work of the Twentieth Century) containing a history of the progress or lack thereof of metric measurements
- <a href="http://www.councilscienceeditors.org/files/scienceeditor/v31n2p042-043.pdf">Period or Comma? Decimal Styles Over Time and Place</a> (pdf) by Amelia A Williamson tag:metafilter.com,2010:site.95159Thu, 26 Aug 2010 18:36:50 -0800jessamynPrime numbers are just the beginning.
http://www.metafilter.com/91274/Prime%2Dnumbers%2Dare%2Djust%2Dthe%2Dbeginning
Every number from 1 to 9,999 <a href="http://www2.stetson.edu/~efriedma/numbers.html">has a special meaning</a>. (much mathematical terminology, scrolling) tag:metafilter.com,2010:site.91274Wed, 21 Apr 2010 21:41:00 -0800zardozBeware of Oddity
http://www.metafilter.com/81476/Beware%2Dof%2DOddity
<a href="http://www.oddday.net/">Happy Odd Day!</a> <a href="http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=81263371746&ref=ts">Join the facebook group, win 575 dollars!</a>
<small><a href="http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=99/11/19/1326202">Previously</a></small> tag:metafilter.com,2009:site.81476Thu, 07 May 2009 08:00:50 -0800Potomac Avenue15 bits of crypto should be enough for anybody
http://www.metafilter.com/71730/15%2Dbits%2Dof%2Dcrypto%2Dshould%2Dbe%2Denough%2Dfor%2Danybody
On May 13, security advisories published by <a href="http://lists.debian.org/debian-security-announce/2008/msg00152.html">Debian</a> and <a href="http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-612-1">Ubuntu</a> revealed that, for over a year, their OpenSSL libraries have had a major flaw in their <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptographically_secure_pseudorandom_number_generator" title="Wikipedia: Cryptographically secure pseudorandom number generator">CSPRNG</a>, which is used by <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key_generation" title="Wikipedia: Key generation">key generation</a> functions in many widely-used applications, which caused the "random" numbers produced to be extremely predictable. <small>[<a href="http://blog.rominet.net/2008/05/debianopenssl-debacle.html">lolcat summary</a>]</small> How bad is it? It's <a href="http://www.debian.org/security/key-rollover/">pretty</a> <a href="http://wiki.debian.org/SSLkeys">bad</a>. Understand that these keys are used not only for encryption, but also for authentication. The keyspace has been reduced to a mere 32,768 possibilities, and you can already <a href="http://metasploit.com/users/hdm/tools/debian-openssl/">download them all</a>, along with tools to use them. Worse still, in the days <em>before</em> the issue became publicly known, there was a <a href="http://www.informationweek.com/news/security/attacks/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=207603339">noticeable</a> <a href="http://stats.denyhosts.net/stats.html">spike</a> in the number of brute-force attacks on SSH servers, indicating that there has already been significant exploitation of this vulnerability.
Partial timeline of events: In May 2006, <a href="http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=363516">a bug</a> led to <a href="http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.encryption.openssl.devel/10917">a question</a> which led to <a href="http://svn.debian.org/viewsvn/pkg-openssl/openssl/trunk/rand/md_rand.c?rev=141&r1=140&r2=141">the fateful patch</a> being applied to <a href="http://svn.debian.org/viewsvn/pkg-openssl/openssl/trunk/rand/md_rand.c?rev=141&view=markup">md_rand.c</a> (in Debian's "unstable" development branch). In April 2007, Debian 4.0 "etch" and Ubuntu 7.04 were both released, which was the beginning of the inclusion of the buggy version of OpenSSL in officially-released distributions. The bug remained unfixed through the releases of Ubuntu 7.10 and 8.04. On May 7, 2008, the <a href="http://svn.debian.org/viewsvn/pkg-openssl/openssl/trunk/crypto/rand/md_rand.c?rev=300&view=diff&r1=300&r2=299">patch to fix the problem</a> was committed to Debian's source repository, and on May 13 the issue was officially disclosed and updated packages were made available to users. (The patch's availability days before public disclosure of the bug appears to be a violation of <a href="http://www.debian.org/doc/developers-reference/ch-pkgs.en.html#s-bug-security-confidentiality">Debian's policy</a>.)
<a href="http://blog.drinsama.de/erich/en/linux/2008051401-debian-openssl-desaster.html">Here</a> <a href="http://blog.drinsama.de/erich/en/linux/2008051401-consequences-of-sslssh-weakness.html">are</a> <a href="http://changelog.complete.org/posts/714-Thoughtfulness-on-the-OpenSSL-bug.html">some</a> <a href="http://www.aigarius.com/blog/2008/05/14/too-similar-to-be-different/">responses</a> <a href="http://algebraicthunk.net/~dburrows/blog/entry/worst-ever/">from</a> <a href="http://www.advogato.org/person/branden/diary/5.html">Debian</a> <a href="http://blog.steve.org.uk/i_still_don_t_know_why_i_m_here.html">blogs</a>, and <a href="http://www.links.org/?p=327">two</a> <a href="http://www.links.org/?p=328">from</a> an OpenSSL developer. tag:metafilter.com,2008:site.71730Fri, 16 May 2008 22:01:42 -0800finite3 is an odd prime, 5 is an odd prime, 7 is an odd prime, 9 is a very odd prime...
http://www.metafilter.com/62794/3%2Dis%2Dan%2Dodd%2Dprime%2D5%2Dis%2Dan%2Dodd%2Dprime%2D7%2Dis%2Dan%2Dodd%2Dprime%2D9%2Dis%2Da%2Dvery%2Dodd%2Dprime
<a href="http://recursed.blogspot.com/2006/12/prime-game.html">The Prime Game</a> is not really much of a game, but it <i>is</i> a neat & little-known fact about the decimal representation of prime numbers. tag:metafilter.com,2007:site.62794Tue, 10 Jul 2007 06:34:53 -0800WolfdogOperation Kaprekar
http://www.metafilter.com/57747/Operation%2DKaprekar
<a href="http://plus.maths.org/issue38/features/nishiyama/">Mysterious number 6174.</a> An excellent recreational math article. tag:metafilter.com,2007:site.57747Sat, 13 Jan 2007 22:19:42 -0800fatllamaSignificant numbers
http://www.metafilter.com/46592/Significant%2Dnumbers
<a href="http://projectredstone.ath.cx/Significant.html">Significance of numbers.</a> Not to be confused with the concept of "significant figures," this page lists the significance of numbers 0 through 1000.
<em>See!</em> "2 is the only even prime."
<em>Hear!</em> "24 is the largest number divisible by all numbers less than its square root."
<em>Thrill!</em> "3367 is the smallest number which can be written as the difference of 2 cubes in 3 ways." Whoa! tag:metafilter.com,2005:site.46592Fri, 11 Nov 2005 14:09:41 -0800scarabicNumber Spirals
http://www.metafilter.com/32500/Number%2DSpirals
<a href="http://www.numberspiral.com/">Number Spirals:</a> Coincidences of order. "<a href="http://www-gap.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Quotations/Von_Neumann.html">In mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them.</a>" tag:metafilter.com,2004:site.32500Thu, 15 Apr 2004 09:40:12 -0800jjrayOh, it's nothing...
http://www.metafilter.com/28634/Oh%2Dits%2Dnothing
This post is about <a href="http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/nothingness/" title="Philosophical approaches to 'nothingness' ">nothing</a>. <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/science/slab/blackholes/story.htm" title="Black holes as an ultimate nothing.">Zip</a>. <a href="http://www-gap.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/HistTopics/Zero.html" title="The History of Zero">Zero</a>. <a href="http://www.aksworld.com/FreeReports/Quantum%20Brahman.htm" title="But what in truth is this zero? It is an incalculable Infinite... Our sense by its incapacity has invented darkness. In truth there is nothing but Light, only it is a power of light either above or below our poor human vision's limited range." -sri aurobindo>Zilch</a>. <a href="http://www.yakrider.com/Poetry_n_Essays/Essays/about_nothing.htm" title="Nothingness through the ages">Nada</a>. tag:metafilter.com,2003:site.28634Mon, 29 Sep 2003 22:19:04 -0800moonbirdLavaRand
http://www.metafilter.com/7355/LavaRand
<a href="http://lavarand.sgi.com/">LavaRand</a> ...harnessing the power of Lava Lite® lamps to generate truly random numbers....
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That's a bold statement, but who am I to doubt the power of the <a href="http://www.oozinggoo.com/themyth.html">lava lamp</a>. The mathematical purist may disagree with the "truely random" part, but this <a href="http://lavarand.sgi.com/cgi-bin/how.cgi">geek speak</a> convinced me that LavaRand can handle all my random number needs. tag:metafilter.com,2001:site.7355Mon, 30 Apr 2001 22:37:54 -0800bicyclingfoolMathematician Bums Out Entire Scientific Community
http://www.metafilter.com/6396/Mathematician%2DBums%2DOut%2DEntire%2DScientific%2DCommunity
<a href="http://www.newscientist.com/features/features.jsp?id=ns22811">Mathematician Bums Out Entire Scientific Community</a> His "Omega" number--infinite and incalculable--guts hopes for pure mathematics, physicists' hopes for a Theory of Everything, and is just in general kind of bafflingly cool. Builds on the whole Godel/Turing foundation of hopelessness! tag:metafilter.com,2001:site.6396Thu, 15 Mar 2001 12:40:07 -0800Skot