Wednesday, March 3, 2010

On Trout, and Lucy's Touching Story...

on threats carried through upon and across species, upon numbers and ages inscrutably gone by:

So Maggie's Farm, aside from being such a rich resource, and a Yankee one, has links to several fascinating articles.

One on a book investigating the rainbow trout's decidedly complicated history and man's involvement.

One links to a piece on Gobekli Tepe, an 11,500 year old worshiping site, and it is large in scope and implication, very large. That date is a staggering figure. Just for reference there were still Woolly Mammoths alive at that time. No surprise to me because I always just wait for the timeline to be adjusted, but this changes all the books.

Which brings up numbers....

Paddy sent me to two RadioLab episodes and they were excellent.

One on numbers.

One which is a little more difficult to describe...what is it to be sentient, communicate, be human...It is the story of Lucy, a primate raised essentially human, and also a primate facility in Iowa which has had some stunning interactions with their charges. A MUST LISTEN.

An hour of good material each, for those radio programs...
Lucy is currently on the front center...numbers can be found under the player to the right.

I have read of the Iowa institution before, I wonder if I blogged about it...will look for more either way.

Benford has gained a lot of steam and I have seen this fascinating notion...very cool...

will have to wait to get more...runnin' late.

Update: Paul Erdos--

  • children were referred to as "epsilons" (because in mathematics, particularly calculus, an arbitrarily small positive quantity is commonly denoted by that Greek letter (ε));
  • women were "bosses";
  • men were "slaves";
  • people who stopped doing math had "died";
  • people who physically died had "left";
  • alcoholic drinks were "poison";
  • music was "noise";
  • people who had married were "captured";
  • people who had divorced were "liberated";
  • to give a mathematical lecture was "to preach" and
  • to give an oral exam to a student was "to torture" him/her.
Paul Erdos numbers.

It is enough to give Connecticut's own Kevin Bacon a douche chill.

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