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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Seeing and Believing...

Math can be shocking!...

...that is the point RJ Lipton makes in another wonderful post, this time on certain "shocking" results in the analysis of spherical constructions. There's some higher-level, abstract math involved here, but even without fully knowing/understanding it, one can sense the 'shocking' quality of these ideas/conclusions:

http://rjlipton.wordpress.com/2011/04/04/i-see-it-but-i-dont-believe-it/

(...an interesting short side-note is included too, on brilliant mathematician Steven Smale once having his government funding retracted for having stated that he did his best work "on the beaches of Rio." :-))

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