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May 22, 2006

Da Vinci and hard math

Stephen Baker

Naturally, The current top books section of Technorati includes two versions of The Da Vinci code. But sandwiched between them is a 530-page math tome, The Pi-Calculus. Bruce Silver has a laugh about it. I guess it shows how a niche book, even a $75 one, can catch fire in the blogs when people start linking to it.

(You may have seen a previous version of this post in which I tried to attach a photo. Clearly I haven't figured out how to do that yet with this Ecto software program.)

07:03 AM

society

I follow the Galway Code. People aren't aircraft.

Some math is harder than other math. Good help is hard to find. Good luck with new business.

Steel From The Sky: The Jedburgh Raiders, France 1944.

"The JUDE mission turned to near catastrophe when an alert message noting 40 “friends” were on the way was misinterpreted to mean 40 people, not aircraft. The drop zone was a busy place, and the chaos increased when the demolition supplies being delivered exploded on impact. The partisans were not well trained and the American Seventh Army did not receive the help it expected as it advanced up the Rhone Valley."

http://www.cia.gov/csi/studies/vol49no1/html_files/bookshelf_10.html

Posted by: Jim Dermitt at May 22, 2006 09:01 AM


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