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Essay Review: To Seek Whence Cometh a Sequence

Listen to the beginning of the prelude of the sixth cello suite by Bach, and you’ll notice something interesting. (Here is a performance by Mischa Maisky.) The first few notes are as follows: D-D-D-D-D-F#-D-D-A-D-D-D(up one octave). So, it starts with … Continue reading

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Big numbers and failure of intuition

When I was in fifth grade, my teacher asked us to write an essay about why 1 million is a big number, as a homework assignment. Being a child with a reasonable amount of mathematical understanding and intuition, I didn’t … Continue reading

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