Monthly Archives: November 2021

Ikea proofs

Overheard: He writes a lot of Ikea proofs — all the parts are there,but the reader has to assemble them, and sometimes there are a fewextra parts at the end.

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Ok so every microwave comes with a ten-digit touch-pad. But does anyone ever use the digits 6 through 9 for anything other than initially setting the clock? Obviously it is insane to view this as “wasteful”, but also I can’t … Continue reading

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“Magical Mathematics” by Persi Diaconis and Ron Graham

This was a gift from my wonderful friend AHM, following the death of Graham last year. I enjoyed it quite a lot, but it’s also very weird. For example, chapters bounce around dramatically in tone and content (some are about … Continue reading

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