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Unusually well-written, understandable to the layperson, news report on an important recent development in the world of math:
http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and......cks=true
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50 and inactive? I'm primed for action!
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
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Twitching in the fetal position.
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Here's Lookin At Euclid!
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“The first five numbers, as well as all the prime numbers, are Entities, each having a value in itself, independent of enumeration. Thus it is that the numbers two, three, four, and five are Units and
not compounds of Units. For example: the number four is the value that determines forms; it has the characteristic of determining the equality of the surface and circumference of a circle or square. A square whose side is four measures sixteen in circumference and sixteen in surface. A circle whose diameter is four measure 4*pi in circumference and 4*pi in surface. This is only one example of "calculation." In fact, it is the philosophic consideration of functions that gives Numbers their real value and constitutes the "Science of Numbers." The latter bears no relation to our current mathematics. The Science of Numbers operates constantly in ancient Egypt's application of Measures.” What does that mean?
If there is a single truth about Magic, it is that nothing on earth so efficiently evades it.

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Not much; the real stuff is better (and stranger).
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