Monthly Archives: April 2010

Algebraic topology for everyone


I have long thought that much of modern mathematics is accessible, in some form, to anyone who is interested, regardless of prior mathematical background. While mathematics is typically taught in such a way that requires the student to have learned … Continue reading

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Wikipedia as a source


It’s fashionable for teachers to disallow the use of Wikipedia as a reference in essays. The usual claim is that, since anyone can edit Wikipedia, anyone can just post any nonsense that ey feels like posting. Published books, on the … Continue reading

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Eight days of raw food


For Passover this year, I ate only raw foods. For quite some time, I had wanted to experiment with raw foods, and Passover seemed to be a good opportunity. To me, the abstraction of the point of Passover is to … Continue reading

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Playing Jumble and Numble


Jumble Consider the game of Jumble frequently found in newspaper puzzle sections. Typically, 5 or 6 letters are given, and the goal is to unscramble them into an English word. Writing computer programs to work on this puzzle and a … Continue reading

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