Johannes Kepler, one of the world’s great mathematicians, decided to marry in 1611. He made a list of 11 women to interview and he wanted, of course, to choose the best.
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Johannes Kepler, one of the world’s great mathematicians, decided to marry in 1611. He made a list of 11 women to interview and he wanted, of course, to choose the best.
“The one that they all seemed to agree on was the fact that mathematicians love logic, but they also love twisting logic, they love bending logic, they love playing with it. And they love occasionally breaking it. And when you break logic, that’s where humor appears.” - The Mathematical Secrets of The Simpsons
Students knew science was hard to begin with, but for a lot of them it turned out to be much worse than what they expected. What they didn’t expect is that even if they work hard, they still won’t do well.
— WSJ: Math, Science Majors Popular Until Students Realize They’re Hard (via scotthensley)
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Four krosha, each of which was the length of / One thousand arcs, each of which was the length of / Four cubits, each of which was the length of / Two spans, each of which was the length of / Twelve phalanges of fingers, each of which was the length of / Seven grains of barley, each of which was the length of / Seven mustard seeds, each of which was the length of / Seven particles of dust stirred up by a cow, each of which was the length of / Seven specks of dust disturbed by a ram, each of which was the length of / Seven specks of dust stirred up by a hare, each of which was the length of / Seven specks of dust carried away by the wind, each of which was the length of / Seven tiny specks of dust, each of which was the length of / Seven minute specks of dust, each of which was the length of / Seven particles of the first atoms.
— - The Buddha, attempting to calculate the number of atoms in a yojana, an ancient unit of measurement equivalent of about 10 kilometers. And if you do the math, it turns out he pretty much nailed the actual size of a carbon atom.