Tom Lehrer At 90
11 April 2018 | 2:19 am

It makes a fellow proud to be a nerd Tasmanian Archive source Tom Lehrer is Emeritus Lecturer in Mathematics at Cowell College of the University of Santa Cruz. He is listed not in the Mathematics Department but in Humanities, for which he also lectured on musical theater. He was my first witness that effective input […]

The Entropy of Baseball
2 April 2018 | 4:39 am

The most shocking existential fact about the universe? Sports April Fools source George Ruth Jr., the “Babe,” may have thought he had cosmic significance but no one knew it until now. He would have said it was all a joke anyway. He certainly loved pranks. As an April Fool’s joke during Florida spring training, he […]

Is There Momentum in Chess?
29 March 2018 | 2:43 am

And if so, what units does it have? Cropped from source Fabiano Caruana has just won the 2018 chess Candidates Tournament. This earns him the right to challenge Magnus Carlsen for the world championship next November in London. A devastating loss on Saturday to the previous challenger, Sergey Karjakin, had seemed to presage a repeat […]

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