John Cook on The Endeavour has just mentioned the wonderful silver ratio. As this is probably my favourite number I can’t resist the chance to put up some pictures. The silver ratio: ,… Continue reading
The difference between stupid and intelligent people–and this is true whether or not they are well-educated–is that intelligent people can handle subtlety. They are not baffled by ambiguous or even contradictory situations–in fact,… Continue reading
Being able to see the searches people use to arrive at Maxwell’s Demon can be quite amusing. Two hardy souls even managed to come from a search for Mathematics. Just how deep in… Continue reading
I have always had faith and respect for the British police. That has been, to put it mildly, dented recently.
What happens when you put seven equilateral triangles round a point? Inspired by sumidiot who was himself inspired by division by zero who were making paper hyperbolic soccer balls, I thought I would put… Continue reading
I cannot resist replying to a post in Cosmic Variance: Why Can’t We Visualize More Than Three Dimensions? The comments section says much of this already, in addition to the wonderful: Your better off… Continue reading
A great post from Scott Aaronson on Shtetl-Optimized talking about rational literature, with the wonderful point that in many works that do mention science: the juvenile humor at the core of how science works will… Continue reading
Terence Tao has a beautiful analysis of sailing, in particular: One of the more unintuitive facts about sailing is that it is possible to harness the power of the wind to sail in a direction against that… Continue reading
Great flickr meme from Matt Jones making the rounds… it says it all, though the original is not bad.
With the DLR post and now this one I am sailing dangerously close to becoming an observational blog. I am going to hide that in a little rambling about blogs. One of the… Continue reading
As I am staying in south east London at the moment, I am finally getting the chance to use the DLR on a regular basis. The DLR has always been romantic to me,… Continue reading
here. Apologies for the lack of posts recently I hope to resume service soon.