John Allen Paulos

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Wow, amazing – best illusion I've seen for a while. 😮U
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I'm beginning to suffer from telomere envy.
This one is for all the linguists and language nerds out there! Evolution of the word “hundred” in Indo-European languages. How cool is this!? Source: buff.ly/2zLI9Vv
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Driving today, but the short answer to your question is No. ;-) Later. .... twitter.com/itsdoctorjoel/…
A TV ad just claimed "you'll lose up to 12 pounds on average." Does this mean the average weight loss is 12 pounds, or does it mean that 12 pounds is the most you'll use, or does it mean something else?
Excellent interview with author and professor Melanie Mitchell youtube.com/watch?v=3AKVEe…
Euclid proclaimed, "There is no royal road to geometry." Happily, Ellenberg gets there via fascinating byways, secret passages, and grassy lanes. A great trip. twitter.com/JSEllenberg/st…
A recording obtained by The New Yorker reveals how Koch operatives are trying to kill an election-reform bill that would keep large anonymous donations out of elections—despite broad bipartisan voter support. @JaneMayerNYer reports. nyer.cm/oQaHjKB
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Look, folks, if you want to point fingers, how about starting with the voters of Maine and North Carolina, who screwed up what should have been pretty easy decisions.
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I can’t stop thinking about this xkcd graphic this week
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My daughter just calculated her first derivative!
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Republicans make up just 25% of the voting population. This means Trump’s real support is only (.75 X 25%). In other words 18.75 % of the population. So Republicans need Trump worship to get through their primaries, but they need voter suppression and fraud to defeat Democrats.
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Philosophers: changing the world one subtle distinction at a time.
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Sen. Manchin says the US Senate is the world's largest deliberate body. The word is "deliberative," Joe, although the most accurate descriptor is probably "constipated."
Killing the filibuster isn't radical. What's radical is allowing the GOP to introduce nearly 400 bills across the country eviscerating the right to vote.
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Why longitude carries more information than latitude, by @JohnDCook Very simple explanation of information content! johndcook.com/blog/2021/05/3… #math #mathchat
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Hello? Anyone home at DOJ? 18 US Code 2385 “Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the US…Shall be fined.. or imprisoned not more than 20 years” twitter.com/RonFilipkowski…
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I’ve been listening to Gladwell’s _Bomber Mafia_ and the most amusing ironic sidebar was about Wasaburo Ooishi who discovered the jet stream in the 20’s but published it in an “open language” that few spoke, Esperanto. airspacemag.com/as-next/as-nex…
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this picture of the three stooges at yellowstone in 1969 is fucking me up
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You mean there needn't be 6 members of the jury who are relatives of the defendant? twitter.com/seanmcarroll/s…
Animated map shows human migration throughout history. Nice touch to have the map display relief data. I like how at 9 seconds humans hit the Himalayas and wisely decided to head eastwards. Source: buff.ly/3wvw4iX
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And there are approximately pi x 10,000,000 seconds in a year. twitter.com/LongFormMath/s…
And there approximately pi x 10,000,000 seconds in a year. twitter.com/LongFormMath/s…
In case you missed it the other week: Physics provides an amazing new way of understanding language plus.maths.org/content/physic…
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“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke nytimes.com/2021/05/24/opi…
Hot take: popularizing mathematics is difficult, and "professional" mathematicians should participate or at least welcome the effort.
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The visual demonstration of 1/3 + 1/9 + 1/27 + ... = 1/2 😮#ProofWithoutWordsse
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This is a crucial point. What happened in Belarus is being watched closely by authoritarian despots around the world. Can you get away with forcing down a civilian aircraft with a fighter jet to arrest someone? The West needs to ensure that the answer is a resounding "No." twitter.com/iyad_elbaghdad…
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Careful. Directors of creationist museums might take your tweet seriously. ;-) twitter.com/JimKakalios/st…
BBC interviewer:- 'How did Singapore handle pandemic so well?' Singapore Health Official:- 'Question should be "How did UK not handle it so well?"' BBC interviewer:- 'What do you mean?' Singapore Health Official:- 'We followed 'UK Pandemic Response Protocol', the UK did not!'
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When many hear "free market" they think merely *rich people want to keep their money* and not *decentralized coordinating mechanism that factors in more preference information than humans ever could.* This failure to teach the knowledge problem to enough people is a crisis.
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@GailSimone I Mister Minnesota. How do you do Miss Ireland?
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There are many journalism professors (and deans) around the country who were granted tenure based on their professional achievements. I’m one. This is drivel. twitter.com/thehill/status…
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Also known as "junior high school," where they teach you about capitalization. ;-)
My father once wrote a poem entitled, "The Golden Years - Bullshit." twitter.com/top_scienticia…
Excellent review of an “enthralling” book, the latest biography of Kurt Gödel twitter.com/DavidEdmonds10…
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Innumeracy jiu jitsu. Appeal to it in one context to ameliorate it in another. Geesh. twitter.com/aetiology/stat…
Amazing. CNN : These 2 NYC mayoral candidates have no idea what a house costs in Brooklyn. rss.cnn.com/~r/rss/cnn_all…
Tonight's speech by @RepLizCheney on the fate of our republic, and efforts by the former president and his collaborators to undermine it, is six minutes long. I encourage every American, and everyone who values the rule of law, to watch it. C-SPAN link: bit.ly/3og0Byj
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The CDC says that “less than 10%” of Covid transmission occurs outdoors. Which sounds like a lot of outdoors transmission. If anything close to 10% was correct, it would mean thousands of deaths were from outdoors transmission. But the number doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. 🧵
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