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March 24th, 2005

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06:36 am - for the math geeks
New Scientist has an article about new work on Srinivasa Ramanujan's prime number congruencies that implies they are applicable more broadly than previously thought.

See, part of the problem is that humans naturally see patterns everywhere, even where they don't exist - but there really are patterns everywhere, so the trick becomes sorting out the patterns that are there from the patterns we wish were there.

Fate is merely the congruency between faith and inertia. All prophecies are self-fulfilling to the extent that humans are really really good at clinging to believing what we want to believe.

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Date:March 24th, 2005 03:14 pm (UTC)
There's a quote from Ben Franklin that I have written somewhere that's paraphrased as, "How great it is to be a reasonable creature, for one can find a reason for anything one has a mind to do."
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Date:March 24th, 2005 05:15 pm (UTC)
It's a good thing I heard about this online, because if someone had told me about it over the phone I would have dismissed it as a crank call.
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Date:March 24th, 2005 11:37 pm (UTC)

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