Month: December 2012

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Ephemera

Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live. Gustave Flaubert Advertisements

Deathbed dream puzzles of renowned Indian mathematician Srinivasa finally solved – 100 years after he died | Mail Online

Mathematics

Researchers have finally solved the cryptic deathbed puzzle renowned Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan claimed came to him in dreams. While on his death-bed in 1920, Ramanujan wrote a letter to his mentor, English mathematician G. H. Hardy, outlining several new mathematical functions never before heard of, along with a hunch about how they worked. Decades years later, researchers say they’ve proved he was right – and that the formula could explain the behaviour of black […]

Ephemera

Oh, yes, I did 12 pages today. 11 of them in last 2 hours. Question is would I have all 12 if I hadn't struggled for hours at my desk today? — Laurell K. Hamilton (@LKHamilton) December 28, 2012