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To Infinity and Beyond

Happy Birthday, Georg Cantor! I shall drink a toast tonight to the Diagonal Proof. Let’s see… A zinfandel perhaps? Of course, this calls for a Ridge! To zinfinity and beyond! Advertisements

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Tour du Jour, 18 Jan 11

Ngram du Jour 1800-2008: germ vs bacteria Look with your own ngramoscope: Google Ngram Viewer Today in History: 1778: Cook discovers Hawaii 1803: Jefferson requests funds for Lewis and Clark 1911: “A Curtiss biplane becomes the first airplane to perform a landing on … Continue reading

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Tour du Jour, 17 Jan 11

Ngram du Jour: 1800-2008: clock vs watch Time your own: Google Ngram Viewer Today in History: 1882: A telephone switchboard is patented. 1953: Corvette unveiled at GM Motorama 1961: Eisenhower warns of the “military-industrial complex” 1966: Ooops. H-bomb lost in Spain Happy Birthday to: … Continue reading

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Tour du Jour, 16 Jan 11

Ngram du Jour noun vs verb Why the peak in the mid 90s? Whyever. Do your own. Google Ngram Viewer Today in History: 1909: British explorer Ernest Shackleton finds the magnetic south pole. 1938: Benny Goodman brings jazz to Carnegie Hall 1945: Hitler … Continue reading

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Tour du Jour, 14 Jan 11

Ngram du Jour: Gun, rifle, pistol Load your own: Google Ngram Viewer Today in History: 1639: The first colonial constitution 1784: Continental Congress ratifies the Treaty of Paris 1794: First successful Cesarean in the US. This Day In Tech 1914 : Henry Ford announces … Continue reading

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Tour du Jour, 9 Jan 11

Ngram du Jour: 1800-2008: murder vs assassination Find your own killer words: Google Ngram Viewer Today in History: 1768: First modern circus is staged 1776: Thomas Paine publishes Common Sense 1839: The first measurement of stellar parallax, by Astronomer Royal Thomas Henderson. 1998: … Continue reading

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Tour du Jour, 7 Jan 11

Ngram du Jour: 1800-2008: Environment vs global Check your own world-view: Google Ngram Viewer Today in History: 1785: Across the English Channel in a balloon 1851: Foucault Gets the Swing of Things 1947: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” is the #1 song on the U.S. … Continue reading

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