Category Archives: Diffeomorphisms on a manifold

Struve’s Exact Words: to Peter Abrahams

Dear Friend and Colleague! In the matter of the actual intentions of Friedrich Georg Wilhelm Struve in purchasing what is referred to as the “astronomical repeating circle” (for 1082 rublei) and “two 3 1/2 foot passage instruments” (800, the two), that … Continue reading

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I Said It Couldn’t Be Done

For the entire life of the Large Interferometric Gravitational Observatory, just down the road here a ways and founded and directed by my old teachers at Caltech, I said the effort was a complete boondoggle, since the sensitivity of measurement … Continue reading

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German Females and the Immigrant Wave

As we know the women of Germany, specifically those of their ancient seat of the Archbishopric of Cologne, were assaulted by quote hundreds of immigrant men unquote on New Year’s Eve. This afternoon I decided to visit the so-called Unz … Continue reading

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Qualifications to be a lifelong learner

As the accompanying graphic from the prestigious economic weekly newspaper published in London, England, shows, Caltech admits and advances students based on merit. Period. –which is, as I said, a good start for yours truly, secretary of the Cascadia Chapter, … Continue reading

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Traduction par le Maître pour les élèves

I have stolen this chart from today’s Paul Krugman column — no, excuse the imprecision, blog — but my discussion will be in language accessible to high school students, as in my misspent middle age I devoted twenty-seven years to … Continue reading

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Algebra in the History of Scientific Thought

There are various ways to define algebra, in part due to its long and complex history. One intuitive definition says algebra is merely the rules of arithmetic (which is true at the introductory level). You could enlarge that — and … Continue reading

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