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January 30, 2006

Geeky Post

I've tried to keep geeky posts on this blog to a minimum and portray myself as a normal well adjusted person but hey i'm ill at the moment so I can do what I want.

My first observation is that if you look at an entry that hasn't been commented on Warwick Blogs writes 'There are 0 comments by 0 or more users'. This is a fine demonstration of the fact that properties we give to elements of the empty set are arbitrary, we could just have easily declared that all the posts on the blog have been made by 15 users, since there aren't any posts there is no contradiction.

Secondly my friends Kady and Bridget sent me my Christmas present the other day which was a calendar. I had struggling with the idea of what kind of calendar to buy, I wasn't particularly keen on pictures of nature and an over the top assertion of my heterosexulity in a calendar of naked ladies might give the impression that i'm a chauvanist who values women only for sex to any visiting pretty ladies (notice the empty set is a recurring theme in this post). What I really wanted was a calendar 'Legends of the Maths Department'. Jeremy Gray would be sure to make an entry because he was a great story teller in History of Maths and because he looks like a pirate, Colin Rourke's sheer enthusiasm and shorts earn him a place, and who can argue against Roger Tribe's insistence on wearing black and getting himself covered in chalk. I think they'd make a tidy profit if they produced a hundred calendars.

Thirdly, is maths becoming cool? Recent films Good Will Hunting and A Beautiful Mind have portrayed mathematicians in a positive light, there are no end of novels in Waterstones about number theorists, and on the TV there's a series Numb3rs and the first episode of Lewis was all about Goldbach's conjecture.

Anyway thats enough geekiness for one day

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