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One of the Guiding Principles of Modern Mathematics

Posted by mfluch on May 7, 2009

The following quote is from Everett C. Dade article on Group-Graded Rings and Modules:

One of the guiding principles of modern mathematics is that the main difficulty in any subject should be to find the right way to look at it. Once this proper viewpoint is found the theorems become obvious and their proofs routine if not trivial. Make the right definitions and the rest will take care of itself.

Nuff said. :-)

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The Problem With Being Democrate

Posted by mfluch on March 29, 2008

Found on bash.org:

The problem with being Democrat is that if you vote for Obama, you’re sexist. And if you vote for Hilary, you’re racist. Its easy being a Republican. No matter what you’re retarded. (http://bash.org/?846915)

And another (unrelated) quote from the same site:

*** Now talking in #christian
-Word_of_God- Welcome Abstruse to #christian I am a Bible Bot. For more info type: /msg Word_of_God !info
<Abstruse> !kjv numbers 22:21
<Word_of_God> Numbers 22:21 — And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab. – (KJV)
*** SageRider sets mode: +b *!*@c211-30-208-111.rivrw3.nsw.optusnet.com.au
*** Word_of_God was kicked from #christian by SageRider (Please dont Swear)
<Abstruse> I know I’m never going to be able to come back in this channel again after this, but damn was it worth it to see that… (http://bash.org/?178890)

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From Small to Big

Posted by mfluch on March 22, 2008

A conversation of Susan and Death, taken place in Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather:

“All right,” said Susan, “I’m not stupid. You’re saying humans need … fantasies to make life bearable.”
NO. HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGLE MEETS THE RISING APE.
“Tooth fairies? Hogfathers?”
YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIVE THE LITTLE LIES.
“So we can believe the big ones?”
YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING.
“They’re not the same at all!”
TAKE THE UNIVERSE AND GRIND IT DOWN TO THE FINEST POWDER AND SIEVE IT THROUGH WITH THE FINEST SIEVE AND THEN SHOW ME ONE ATOM OF JUSTICE, ONE MOLECULE OF MERCY. AND YET YOU ACT AS IF THERE WERE SOME SORT OF RIGHTNESS IN THE UNIVERSE BY WHICH IT MAY BE JUDGED.
“Yes. But people have got to believe that or what’s the point — ”
MY POINT EXACTLY.

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Collecting Books

Posted by mfluch on February 23, 2008

Aziraphale collected books. If he were totally honest with himself he would have to have admitted that his bookshop was simply somewhere to store them. He was not unusual in this. In order to maintain his cover as a typical second-hand book seller, he used every means short of actual physical violence to prevent customers from making a purchase. Unpleasant damp smells, glowering looks, erratic opening hours — he was incredibly good at it.

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Playing at Questions

Posted by mfluch on February 23, 2008

Excerpt from Tom Stoppard´s play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead:

Rosencrantz (Ros): We could play at questions.
Guildensern (Guil): What good would that do?
Ros: Practice!
Guil: Statement! One – love.
Ros: Cheating!
Guil: How?
Ros: I hadn’t started yet.
Guil: Statement. Two – love.
Ros: Are you counting that?
Guil: What?
Ros: Are you counting that?
Guil: Foul! No repetitions. Three – love. First game to… Read the rest of this entry »

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Wisdom a Communicable Disease?

Posted by mfluch on February 10, 2008

‘What’s going on?’ said Ridcully, as the others pushed in behind them.
‘I know it sounds stupid, Archchancellor, but we think [Hex] might have caught something off the Bursar.’
‘Daftness, you mean?’
‘That’s ridiculous, boy!’ said the Dean. ‘Idiocy is not a communicable disease.’
Ridcully puffed his pipe.
‘I used to think that, too,’ he said. ‘Now I’m not sure. Anyway, you can catch wisdom, can’t you?’
‘No, you can’t,’ snapped the Dean. ‘It’s not like ‘flu, Ridcully. Wisdom is … well, instilled.’
‘We bring students here and hope they catch wisdom off us, don’t we?’ said Ridcully.
‘Well, metaphorically,’ said the Dean.

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The Naming of Cats

Posted by mfluch on February 4, 2008

“The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
It isn’t just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first I’m as mad as a hatter
When I tell you, a cat must have three different names.
First of all, there’s the name that the family use daily,
Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
Such as Victor or Jonathan, or George or Bill Bailey –
All of them sensible everyday names.
There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter –
But all of them sensible everyday names.
But I tell you, a cat needs a name that’s particular,
A name that’s peculiar, and more dignified,
Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum –
Names that never belong to more than one cat.
But above and beyond there’s still one name left over,
And that is the name that you never will guess;
The name that no human research can discover –
But the cat himself only knows, and will never confess.
When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
His ineffable effable
Effanineffable
Deep and inscrutable singular Name.”

(T.S. Eliot: Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats)

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Group Theory in a Nutshell

Posted by mfluch on December 26, 2007

The following statement is atributed to the mathematician James Neuman (though I did not find any other reference than Wikipedia’s article on group theory):

The theory of groups is a branch of mathematics in which one does something to something and then compares the results with the result of doing the same thing to something else, or something else to the same thing.

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Nicholas was…

Posted by mfluch on December 24, 2007

older than sin, and his beard could grow
no whiter. He wanted to die.

The dwarfish natives of the Arctic caverns did
not speak his language, but conversed in their own,
twittering tongue, conducted incomprehensible
rituals, when they were not actually
working in the factories.

Once every year they forced him, sobbing
and protesting, into Endless Night. During
the journey he would stand near every child
in the world, leave one of the dwarves
invisible gifts by its bedside. The
children slept, frozen into time.

He envied Prometheus and Loki, Sisyphus and
Judas. His punishment was harsher.

Ho.
Ho.
Ho.

(Nicolas Was… by Neil Gaiman)

100 words long (102 words including the title) this short story was once written by Neil Gaiman for a post card he send to his friends…

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Comparison

Posted by mfluch on December 24, 2007

There is still a chance of 2-128 that our isPrime function will give you the wrong answer. To give you an idea of how small this chance actually is, the chance that you will be killed by a meteorite while you read this sentence is fdar larger. Still alive? Okay, so don’t worry about it.

(Niels Ferguson and Bruce Schneier in Practical Cryptography, p. 204)

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