In Hungary, winters can be long (so I’m assuming). Before television, intelligent Hungarians tried many different pastimes to make it through those dark days. One of these, János Bolyai, resorted to non-Euclidean geometry. Bolyai wasn’t warning his son off gambling, or poetry, or a poorly chosen love affair. He was trying to keep him away from … Continue reading Duel at Dawn: math can do that to you
“Everyone fails a math test,” my tutor told me, after I had failed one. I found out, as time went on, that those words were not just a consolation but the truth. Math, for the vast majority of us non-child-geniuses and prodigies, is very difficult. However, you simply have to get through it. You do … Continue reading This is how I learned math. Math is hard.
I have enjoyed my visits to the Wolfram Alpha website, and am fascinated by what it can do. However, tonight I found out that it cannot compute everything. There are limits.
It took place very late at night, and I have brought along three books for my efforts and travels (steep staircases at midnight require extra bravado. The three books fought against the cobwebs as I did to, and we ended up with an exceptional group. :dance: “Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, Second Edition” (Harold … Continue reading The great assault on the attic took place