Feb. 2nd, 2017

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...Greek mathematics introduced the quest for general propositions which could be proved in such a way as to be objectively persuasive. In other words, where the Egyptians had been able to calculate the volume of a certain cylinder and verify that the result was correct, or at least suitable for their, usually practical, purposes, the Greeks found the general formula for the volume of any cylinder and proved why that formula was right.

Serafina Cuomo. Ancient Mathematics.


Feb. 2nd, 2017 02:39 pm
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Uber Technologies Inc.’s chief executive, Travis Kalanick, said he is stepping down from President Donald Trump’s economic advisory council, saying that his participation has been misunderstood as an endorsement of the new administration’s policies.

President Trump may not be good for your business if the majority of your customers don't like Trump. The same applies to most American global companies.

upd: Jeffrey Pfeffer chimes in:
That is a fundamental problem, Mr. Pfeffer said. “No good business makes decisions that are based on falsehoods,” he said. “My sense is that Trump takes no one’s counsel but his own. That’s bad management, period.”

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Старые пердуны во главе с Трампом возмущаются "погромами в Беркли" и грозят blah-blah-blah. Не они первые, не они последние.

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PROMETHEUS: ...they knew nothing of making brick-knitted houses the sun warms, nor how to work in wood. What’s more, I gave them numbering, chief of all the stratagems. And the painstaking, putting together of letters...

Bricks, wood beams, numbers, letters - given the original meaning of "art", all of these elements enable artistic expressions: buildings, ships, business records, memoirs, etc. He also uses "knitted", which indicates an important element — thread — that allows us to make clothes, a yet another free monoid of material culture.
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– Как называется человек, который грозится отнять финансирование у одного из лучших мировых университетов за то, что какие-то мудаки разбили окно в здании университета?

- Мудак.

- Как называются люди, которые его поддерживают?

- Трамписты.
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I remember, professor Searle once said something like this, "Physicists think they have the best science money and brains can buy. This thinking is built right into their textbooks. But we've just discovered that 97% of the universe is made up of Dark Matter and physicists don't know what it is. It's a general problem with textbook science: they don't tell you what they don't know."


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