Archive for the ‘Mathematics’ Category


May 18, 2012

Internet Link Down

Dear Airtel Customer,

Your DSLLink is down. Please check your Telephone cable connected to the modem.

Different :domains:

May 18, 2012

Different domains have different errors. Can’t see why they don’t have the same errors.


May 9, 2012

White beauty.

Of course, this is for everyone

Knot theory

January 13, 2011

The Mayans were into knots.  Wasn’t it them who used to keep accounts on quipus? (No it was the Inca of andean pre-columbian civilisation) (Imagine that!  Keeping accounts on clutches of rope.  You can have different kinds of knots for different accounts.  You can have different braids for different debtors.  I use my dressing gown sash.  But I soon forget what the event was that it signified.)

I read once somewhere that when the Mayan weavers used to finish weaving their wares, they would leave the last knot undone.  Now what do you think was their real reason for doing that?

I seem to be eternally damned

October 16, 2010

When I am observing the tenets of one religion, I am invariably violating those of another.  Thus when I think of eating, I think of sausages (thus running foul of the muslims) and of pepper steak, (thus running foul of the hindus).  I think of booze, which again is haraam for the muslims.  When I kill a cockroach, I am despised by the buddhists.  And my comb is unclean, I am hated by the sikhs.  Yet I love all these faiths.  I love Jain the most=fasting for days on end.

An excerpt from Ian Stewart on Cardan

June 24, 2010

Like many mathematicians of the period, Girolamo practiced astrology, and he notes the astrological circumstances surrounding his birth:

“Although various abortive medicines – as I have heard – were tried in vain, I was normally born on the 24th day of September in the year 1500, when the first hour of the night was more than half run but less than two-thirds… Mars was casting an evil influence on each luminary because of the incompatibility of their positions, and its aspect was square to the moon.

…I could easily have been a monster, except for the fact that the place of the preceding conjunction had been 29 degrees in Virgo, over which Mercury is the ruler and neither this planet nor the position of the moon or the ascendant is the same nor does it apply to the second decanate of Virgo; consequently I ought to have been a monster, and indeed was so near it that I came forth literally torn from my mother’s womb.  

So I was born, or rather taken by violent means from my mother; I was almost dead. My hair was black and curly. I was received in a bath of warm wine which might have been fatal to any other child. My mother had been in labor for three entire days, and yet I survived.


Why Beauty Is Truth, Ian Stewart, 2007, Basic Books, USA