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It is nothing short of a miracle that modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry.
It is nothing short of a miracle that modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry. ~Albert Einstein The 108th day of the year; 108 can be written as the sum of a cube and a squa...
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Thony Christie blogs about the complexities of the history of mathematics and that list of equations that changed the world that's been going around.
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Pat Ballew
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Predictability: Does the flap of a butterfly's wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas? ~Edward Lorenz Title of paper presented at the 139th Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (29 Dec...
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Arindam Bose

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Did You Know: The History of e (Euler’s Number)
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Pat Ballew
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Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore, *Wik For since the fabric of the universe is most perfect and the work of a most wise creator, nothing at all takes place in the universe in which some rule of the maximum or minimum does not app...
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Arindam Bose

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Did You Know: A Chronological History and Some Interesting Things about Pi (π)
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Pat Ballew
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"If equations are trains threading the landscape of numbers, then no train stops at pi. " ~Richard Preston The 102nd day of the year; I wrote that the number 102 may be the most singularly uninteresting number so far this yea...
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*  The Cyclopedia of Puzzles The true business of the philosopher(scientist), though not flattering to his vanity, is merely to ascertain, arrange and condense the facts. ~Sir John Leslie The 100th day of the year; The first ...
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Arindam Bose

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Did You know: The History of Pi (π)
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it was failing earlier on phone, it works on  desktop and phone now
I enjoyed your short history of pi
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Pat Ballew
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For Bourbaki, Poincaré was the devil incarnate. For students of chaos and fractals, Poincaré is of course God on Earth. ~Marshall Stone The 98th day of the year, 98 is the smallest number that starts a sequence of three conse...
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David Kotschessa
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Ghosts of Departed Quantities: Calculus and its L…: http://youtu.be/D_qujUbNXHw
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I'm not sure what audience this was meant for.  Most seemed a review of very basic Calculus concepts with a bit of historical context. The part I found most interesting was closer to the end, where the challenges to Calculus were presented and we essentially saw the birth of Analysis.  I would love to see more on this topic.
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This community is for anyone interested in the history of mathematics from ancient to modern times. Anybody interested in math history at *any* level is welcome. NOTE: While there are a lot of interesting math memes, jokes, etc. floating around the Internet, we limit our discussion to topics of historical interest. Other posts will be removed.

Pat Ballew
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Origami Soma Cubes (see Piet Hein, Deaths, 1996)*The New Origami by Steve and Megumi Biddle A Man of Knowledge like a rich Soil, feeds If not a world of Corn, a world of Weeds. ~Benjamin Franklin The 107th day of the year; ...
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This is a follow-up to https://plus.google.com/+AndresCaicedo0/posts/jMuP5DzfHow

The  proposal for a Q&A site for History of Science and Mathematics, as part of the StackExchange network, has just entered its second stage (Commitment).

http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/65204/history-of-science-and-mathematics/

If you feel to have such a site is worthwhile, please follow the link and commit.
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David Kotschessa
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The Secret Spiritual History of Calculus

In the 17th century Italian mathematician Bonaventura Cavalieri proposed that every plane is composed of an infinite number of lines and every solid of an infinite number of planes. One could use these “indivisibles,” he said, to calculate length, area and volume—an important step on the way to modern integral calculus.

Swiss mathematician Paul Guldin, Cavalieri's contemporary, vehemently disagreed, criticizing indivisibles as illogical. But the men argued for more than purely mathematical reasons.

They were members of two religious orders with similar spellings but very different philosophies: Guldin was a Jesuit and Cavalieri a Jesuat. The former believed in using mathematics to impose a rigid logical structure on a chaotic universe, whereas the latter was more interested in following his intuitions to understand the world in all its complexity.


http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-secret-spiritual-history-of-calculus/
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Pat Ballew
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The 'control of nature' is a phrase conceived in arrogance, born of the Neanderthal age of biology and the convenience of man. ~Rachel Carson The 104th day of the year; 104 is the smallest known number of unit line segments t...
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On This Day the word microscope was first used in a letter by Johannes Faber of Bamberg,
Double False Position from Gemma Frisius  Arithmeticae Practicae Methodus Facilis (1540) *MAA Mathematical Treasures The main objects of all science, the freedom and happiness of man. . . . [are] the sole objects of all legit...
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David Kotschessa
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+Pat Ballew is now a moderator, mostly so I don't have to keep approving his posts when they (for some reason) get flagged.  Thanks for all your posts Pat!
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Ahh success at last. Now to modify my business card, Galactic Ambassador AND Google Plus  Moderator. 
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Pat Ballew
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Bayeux Tapestry with Halley's Comet *Heraldic Times.org I will stop here. Concluding the lecture in which he claimed to have proved the Taniyama-Weil Conjecture for a class of examples, including those necessary to prove Ferm...
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Francis Bacon dies, and more...
A Few Good Men Frustra fit per plura, quod fieri potest per pauciora. It is vain to do with more what can be done with les</b>s. ~William of Ockham The 99th day of the year; there are 9 ways to express 99 as p + 2q, where p...
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David Kotschessa
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Youtube keeps recommending a lot of very interesting videos to me today. I guess some algorithm actually got my tastes nailed down. Note that I haven't watched any of these last 3 that I posted just yet. 
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