Eunoia
 
> Most recent Blog Comments Policy Impressum Maths trivia Search this site RSS Feed Eunoia, who is a grumpy, overeducated, facetious, multilingual expat Scot, blatantly opinionated, old (1944vintage), amateur cryptologist, computer consultant, atheist, flying instructor, bulldoglover, Beetledriver, textbookwriter, longdistance biker, geocacher and blogger living in the foothills south of the northern German plains. Not too shy to reveal his true name or even whereabouts, he blogs his opinions, and humour and rants irregularly. Stubbornly he clings to his beliefs, e.g. that Faith does not give answers, it only prevents you doing any goddamn questioning. You are as atheist as he is. When you understand why you don't believe in all the other gods, you will know why he does not believe in yours :) Oh, and he also has a neat English Bulldog bitch 'Frieda'. And her big son 'Kosmo'.
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Sunday, March 26, 2017
Abel prize for Yves Meyer :)All you good folks who read this blog, being in the upper quartile of the intelligence scale, will know about the Nobel prizes. Alfred Nobel, inventor of dynamite and owner of Bofors, started the Nobel prizes to ease his conscience. There are Nobel prizes for physics, chemistry, medicine etc., but there is no Nobel prize for mathematics.The equivalent prize for mathematics is named after the genial norwegian mathematician Niels Henrik Abel. This award comes with 6 million Norwegian Crowns prize money (about 675,000 Euros). This year the Abel Prize goes to frenchman Yves Meyer, for his work on wavelets back in the 1980s. Wavelets are a generalisation of the Fourier Transform; instead of analysing a waveform by harmonic sine curves, Meyer used timelimited waveform "chunks". Wavelets find applications in data compression, medical imaging, and analysis of astronomical data inter alia. Congratulations, Yves. Comments (1) Sunday, March 19, 2017
Merkel met TrumpThe end of the week saw Dr. Angela Merkel meet Mr. Trump in Washington DC. Trump appeared nervous, unsure of himself, and unfriendly. For example he refused to shake Mrs. Merkel's hand despite many requests to do so. Many saw this as an affront or at least impoliteness or his usual bad manners. However, I know his REAL reason!He suddenly realised that from the photographers' points of view, he was sitting on the right. This implied that if they shook (right) hands, his would be in the background, Merkel's in the foreground and his short stubby fingers would not be visible. So potential macho shame was the reason he refused the handshake! Well that's one conspiracy theory, anyway ;) Meanwhile Mrs. Merkel is back in Germany and has summed up the meeting.
Comments (2) Tuesday, March 14, 2017
PI Day, USAStateside, people write the date with the month first, followed by the day of the month. In this notation, today is 3.14 and so is celebrated as PI day. PI is the ratio of the circumference to the diameter of any convex curve of constant diameter; most people can only think of a circle, but any Nlobe Wankel rotor fits the criteria too.This photo shows yours truly at the PIspiral wall in the Mathematikum museum in Giessen. The museum is just a short walk from the rail station. Back in my student days at City university (London,UK) I could recite the first 100 digits of PI from memory; sadly this useless ability has gone now :( FWIW, if you write 3.14 and then look at it in a mirror, you get a visual approximation to PIE ;) Wednesday, March 8, 2017
International Women's DaySometimes women get the credit they deserve, mostly not. Here's my list of a dozen in order of decreasing recognition.
Comments (1) Sunday, March 5, 2017
World Book DayThe beginning of this month saw World Book Day which is intended to encourage children to read more books. So this was an excuse for me to read Terry Pratchett's A slip of the keyboard, a collection of his nonfiction which covers his career autobiographically from being the pressofficer for a nuclear power plant to his support of assisteddying after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.Nonfiction? Yes, but in Pterry's own inimitable style, e.g. naming a village in Australia Worralorrasurfa or encouraging children to read fiction and believe it "It's better to ask Santa Claus for a pair of slippers than world peace. You might actually get it." So this was the funny book which I chose to read and enjoy (again) on World Book Day. Hardcover, 307pp, ISBN 9780385538305. What did you read on World Book Day? And why? Comments (6) 
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