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MTV rocks the cohomology!


3 comments August 7th, 2008

Separated at birth?

Saunders Mac Lane Clifford Smyth
Saunders Mac Lane Clifford Smyth

Add comment January 3rd, 2007

Barnes & Noble — big liars!

Regarding Integral Closure : Rees Algebras, Multiplicities, Algorithms by Wolmer Vasconcelos, Barnes & Noble claims:

People who bought this book also bought:
? Practical Algebra: A Self-Teaching Guide Peter H. Selby
? Introduction to Algorithms Thomas H. Cormen, Ronald L. Rivest, Charles E. Leiserson, Clifford Stein
? Bob Miller’s Basic Math and Pre-Algebra for the Clueless Bob Miller, Robert Miller
? Algebra to Go: A Mathematics Handbook Manufactured by Great Source Education Group, Great Source Ed. Group
? Algebra Survival Guide Workbook: Thousands of Problems to Sharpen Skills and Enhance Understanding Josh Rappaport


16 comments December 8th, 2005

Dostoyevsky: prophet, visionary

From Manuel Komroff’s introduction to The Brothers Karamazov:

[Dostoyevsky] wrote about extra-sensory perception (mental telepathy as well as clairvoyance) and his observations contributed to our present day theories of psychical research. His observations regarding gambling, for which he had an abnormal passion, are only recently being confirmed and may in time be incorpoated in our modern theories of chance. He believed, for instance, that personal distractions destroyed the power to win and for that reason he never brought his wife with him to the roulette wheel. He believed in a will to win. “I still retain the conviction,” he once wrote, “that in games of chance, if one has perfect control of one’s will… one cannot fail to overcome the brutality of chance.”

Dostoyevsky is welcome at my roulette wheel any day. Komroff too.

3 comments November 27th, 2005

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