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Never get old
"Satire is meant to ridicule power. If you are laughing at people who are hurting, it's not satire, it's bullying."
Still Pratchett

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@ColinTheMathmo I am thinking a lot recently about how highly parallel paradigms (mainly GPU, but also multicores, etc) might transform the way we (should) approach or teach numerical algorithms.

It would be very interesting to find a programming language that allows to do this in a natural way, preferably with a higher level of abstraction. For example, are there dataflow languages that are suitable for high performance numerical work?

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Other people elsewhere have posted less impressive versions of similar things, so I thought I'd post this:

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PSA: Using Conway's Doomsday Rule for calculating the day of the week from the date ...

Today is a Doomsday!

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doomsday

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"Updated Universal Estimation Table"

submitted by PotbellyPlatypus

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Always be wary and sceptical of any statement that starts with 'Always'.

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Woah, TIL that there are so-called fractal vises for clamping irregularly shaped items! (The picture doesn't explain it very well, you have to watch it in motion! It's in the first 30 seconds of the video:)
youtube.com/watch?v=QBeOgGt_oW
#tools #HandTools

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Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. -- Dalai Lama

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The existence of computers implies the existence of co-computers i.e. mputers

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Q: What's yellow, linear, normed, and complete? A: A Bananach space.

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The essence of Mathematics lies in its freedom -- Georg Cantor

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A "new to me" proof that \(\sqrt{2}\) is irrational, found by Sergey Markelov while still in high school.

In the decimal system, a square of an integer may only end in 0, 1, 4, 5, 6, or 9, whereas twice a square may only end with 0,2,8. So if a²=2b², both a and b must end with 0.

This triggers an infinite descent which proves that this is impossible, and so a²=2b² has no solutions in integers, hence 2 is never the square of a rational.

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Let’s play a game of “What’s the plot?”!

A postcard for the first person to tell me what the logic behind this plot is (or, failing that, the answer I like best).

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Tooting this because I want to do it but don't have time, and I want someone to pester me about it in a few weeks' time:

I'd like to start a collection of mathematical notation ambiguities, inconsistencies, and unpleasantness. It'd be a wiki, or at least collaboratively edited

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As long as you have fun and you learn from it, nothing is wasted. Any time that you practise is not wasted. If you're going to be good at anything you have to practice. That's the price you have to pay. -- Bob Ross

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Write the digit 1 eight million, one hundred and seventy seven thousand, two hundred and seven times in a row.

That's a prime number.

Discovered by Ryan Propper and Serge Batalov a few days ago. oeis.org/A004023

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An overview of The Class Number Formula:

oxyde.ga/2021/04/30/Class-numb

Whether or not the ring of integers is a principal ideal domain depends on the value of a certain \( ζ \) function.

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"I have given you everything you asked for," the king said. "Have you succeeded?"
The alchemist stared into his wine cup. "I have discovered that which can turn one thing into another."
"The philosopher's stone, which turns lead into gold?"
"Time, which turns words into regrets."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

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