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Offline trdsf

Re: why are you an atheist?
« Reply #435 on: February 04, 2019, 06:43:04 PM »
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I like numberphile and mathologer on youtube. They explain things really well, and make it interesting where it otherwise might not be if explained by a math teacher. I think the job of people who teach math in school is to make it as boring as possible.

I've been watching a lot of Numberphile lately -- after listening to an audiobook of Clarke and Pohl's The Final Theorem, I've wandered back into looking for patterns in the changes in the Collatz Conjecture.

Although today was spent mostly listening to Periodic Videos.  If I could change places with one person on the planet, it would be Brady Haran.  :)
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Re: why are you an atheist?
« Reply #436 on: February 04, 2019, 06:44:27 PM »
Here's the sequence at OEIS:


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Ecclesiastes 10:16
Or: Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is batshit crazy.

Re: why are you an atheist?
« Reply #437 on: February 04, 2019, 06:50:58 PM »
Here's one I particularly enjoyed:



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"Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child,"
Ecclesiastes 10:16
Or: Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is batshit crazy.

Re: why are you an atheist?
« Reply #438 on: February 04, 2019, 07:03:36 PM »
I like watching people do math the way I like watching people dance - I can't do it, but it's very entertaining!
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"Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child,"
Ecclesiastes 10:16
Or: Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is batshit crazy.

Offline trdsf

Re: why are you an atheist?
« Reply #439 on: February 04, 2019, 07:59:53 PM »
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Here's the sequence at OEIS:


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I really like this site!
The OEIS is bittersweet to me.  I was messing with the Pythagorean Theorem (a2+b2=c2) and noticed a pattern in the integer solutions where b=a+1 and submitted it to an 'Ask a Mathematician' site.  The initial response I got was that the pattern might be novel and I might have genuinely discovered something.

A quick glance at the OEIS showed that I had been beaten to the punch... by only two years out of the roughly 2500 years since Pythagoras.  Still, not bad for an amateur.
Sir Terry Pratchett, on being told about the theory that the universe is a computer simulation: "If we all get out and in again, would it start to work properly this time?"

Re: why are you an atheist?
« Reply #440 on: February 04, 2019, 08:13:20 PM »
Missed it by...that much!

An independent discovery is nothing to be sorry about! I know, though, it would be nice to find something no one else has ever found.
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"Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child,"
Ecclesiastes 10:16
Or: Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is batshit crazy.

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Re: why are you an atheist?
« Reply #441 on: February 04, 2019, 11:08:24 PM »
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Missed it by...that much!

An independent discovery is nothing to be sorry about! I know, though, it would be nice to find something no one else has ever found.
I do have You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login, at least β€” shared credit, anyway.  I'm not the only one to have spotted it.
Sir Terry Pratchett, on being told about the theory that the universe is a computer simulation: "If we all get out and in again, would it start to work properly this time?"

Offline Cavebear

Re: why are you an atheist?
« Reply #442 on: July 20, 2019, 04:36:13 AM »
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The OEIS is bittersweet to me.  I was messing with the Pythagorean Theorem (a2+b2=c2) and noticed a pattern in the integer solutions where b=a+1 and submitted it to an 'Ask a Mathematician' site.  The initial response I got was that the pattern might be novel and I might have genuinely discovered something.

A quick glance at the OEIS showed that I had been beaten to the punch... by only two years out of the roughly 2500 years since Pythagoras.  Still, not bad for an amateur.

An independent discovery is not diminished for it being found before.  If you learn something YOU didn't know before, it still counts.
Atheist born, atheist bred.  And when I die, atheist dead!

Offline Baruch

Re: why are you an atheist?
« Reply #443 on: July 20, 2019, 06:19:22 AM »
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An independent discovery is not diminished for it being found before.  If you learn something YOU didn't know before, it still counts.

Some things have been discovered more than once, mostly because the research literature is too hard to keep up with.  Or in a foreign language.

Everyone has a unique technique to learn things.  I agree that the journey is worth something too, not just the destination.
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Offline Cavebear

Re: why are you an atheist?
« Reply #444 on: July 20, 2019, 06:42:01 AM »
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Some things have been discovered more than once, mostly because the research literature is too hard to keep up with.  Or in a foreign language.

Everyone has a unique technique to learn things.  I agree that the journey is worth something too, not just the destination.

I was thinking of more basic stuff.  Have you ever wondered WHY spaceship slingshot pass-bys increase speed?  I figured out why on my own, though it was certainly known before.
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Offline Baruch

Re: why are you an atheist?
« Reply #445 on: July 20, 2019, 11:25:59 AM »
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I was thinking of more basic stuff.  Have you ever wondered WHY spaceship slingshot pass-bys increase speed?  I figured out why on my own, though it was certainly known before.

Yes, and I rediscovered the law of optics reflection in Junior High ... by deduction.  But not Snells law of refraction ;-(
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Offline Cavebear

Re: why are you an atheist?
« Reply #446 on: July 20, 2019, 06:31:00 PM »
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Yes, and I rediscovered the law of optics reflection in Junior High ... by deduction.  But not Snells law of refraction ;-(

OK, explain why the gravity that speeds the ship coming in around a planet doesn't slow it down equally going away.  I figured out why.  Can you without asking experts?  Just on your own?  There actually isn't any real math involved.  It's a logic question.
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