Monthly Archives: November 2011


This post is actually for my brother, a very smart non-mathematician who regularly asks me insightful questions about mathematics.  Over Thanksgiving, he was probing me about a piece of abstract algebra, the existence of different sorts of fields. I’m going … Continue reading


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“Galileo’s Daughter” by Dava Sobel

This biography of Galileo was a lot of fun.  It includes interesting and insightful commentary on the state of science at the time and how Galileo’s work revolutionized it, the theocratic politics in which he was trapped, and a wonderful … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Occupy Wall Street

Bloomberg: From the beginning, I have said that the City had two principal goals: guaranteeing public health and safety, and guaranteeing the protestors’ First Amendment rights.  But when those two goals clash, the health and safety of the public and … Continue reading

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“Religious liberty”

Laurie Goodstein writes for the Times: The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops opened a new front in their fight against abortion and same-sex marriage on Monday, recasting their opposition as a struggle for “religious liberty” against a government and a culture … Continue reading

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More garden update

“What?!” you say, “a garden update five months later?”  But, in fact, after a long period of nothing happening, our tomatoes and pepper started putting out flowers in late October (just in time for the first snowstorm of the season) … Continue reading

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Cranberry orange scones

I initially considered titling this post “When life gives you cranberries, make cranberry orange scones,” but I realized that all of my posts could be similarly titled (“When life gives you kidney beans, make rajma;” “when life gives you cheddar, … Continue reading

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Richard Geller

Richard Geller, Stuyvesant math teacher and coach of the Stuyvesant and New York City math teams, died today of melanoma.  Barbara Geller wanted everyone to know that his final words to his son were, “Any questions?”  The Stuyvesant Spectator is … Continue reading

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