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Radiolab – Bird’s-Eye View

<![CDATA[// <![CDATA[ // <![CDATA[ // <![CDATA[ // <![CDATA[ // <![CDATA[ (function(){var s=function(){__flash__removeCallback=function(i,n){if(i)i[n]=null;};window.setTimeout(s,10);};s();})(); // ]] // ]] // ]] // ]]]]]]> // ]]]]>]]> In gradeschool calculus I learnt that derivative = slope. That was a nice teacher’s lie (like the Bohr … Continue reading

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(Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/23/us/23indiana.html?seid=auto&smid=tw-nytimes&pagewanted=all)

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Radiolab got it wrong

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Mestizos Son Amerindios

How many Amerindians live in the USA today? Or, what fraction of today’s USA population descends in whole or part from ancestors who lived in America before European settlement? The number I learned in school was ~1%. The bureau of … Continue reading

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Jorma Jormakka

People who pay attention to this sort of thing may remember that Jorma Jormakka claimed to have solved the Navier-Stokes equation, one of the Clay Mathematics Institute’s $1M problems. Looking at this arXiv page, it’s apparent that he purports to … Continue reading

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The inequality of personal well-being is sharply down over the past hundred years and perhaps over the past twenty years as well. Bill Gates is much, much richer than I am, yet it is not obvious that he is much … Continue reading

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