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Imaginary numbers and reality

Imaginary Numbers are Real.

I first visited the complex plane 45 years ago, in High School. It was love at first sight, and I have been smitten ever since. Thank you, Margaret Matchett, my math teacher that year.

EDIT: I just looked her up on the Mathematics Genealogy Project. Go back three “generations” and you get to Ludwig Boltzmann, whose work has fascinated me since I first heard about it, not long after Mrs. Matchett’s math class.

Significant Figures

Measurement and Uncertainty Smackdown. With America being ruled by the Innumerati of all political persuasions anything that helps simple quantitative reasoning is worthwhile.

The basics of this I learned in High School Chemistry (Thank you, Mr. Wheeler) and my first two years at Carleton. Of course, back then (1967-70),

….there is no reason that students in introductory courses couldn’t do the monte
carlo method.

was not quite so obvious.

Convergence 2010 — Physics and Fantasy

Convergence 2010 — Physics and Fantasy

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Perpetual motion machines, cold fusion, free energy and other fake science stories. Where do they come from and what does physics really allow?

Notes from a panel at Convergence 2010, with web
links, comments, and one smart-assed quote.

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