Monthly Archives: August 2016

Gauss and Minnesota

Until a colleague told me about it, I had not known that there is a Gauss family connection to Minnesota: Carl Friedrich’s second son (first by his second wife) Eugene had a falling out with his father, came to America, … Continue reading

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I occasionally joke about how small the population of Wyoming is.  Nevertheless, it is shocking to see numbers like this: Liz Cheney won the competitive statewide Republican primary for an open seat in the House of Representatives with fewer than … Continue reading

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“1066 and all that” by W.C. Sellar and R.J. Yeatman

Since I was near the site of the Battle of Hastings, I decided to read up on British history.  1066 and all that is parody, playing on a particular Anglo-centric view of the universe, but you actually have to know … Continue reading

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Runaways — update

This very strange story has finally been resolved, more or less: the mother has been convicted, with sentencing and the trials of the co-conspirators still to come.  The extra-special highlight is that Michelle MacDonald, her crazy lawyer, is running again … Continue reading


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As I mentioned, after Vancouver I went to a conference at Herstmonceux Castle in Sussex, England.  It was mathematically excellent, and I feel that BBC detective shows properly prepared me for my first visit to the UK.  Trees in England … Continue reading

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