Comments on: The calculus of history
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2006/09/30/the-calculus-of-history/
Wed, 21 Nov 2012 15:12:45 +0000hourly1http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6.1By: crick
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2006/09/30/the-calculus-of-history/#comment-17632
crickMon, 02 Oct 2006 10:01:11 +0000http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2006/09/30/the-calculus-of-history/#comment-17632hahaha Hey nice trick….
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http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2006/09/30/the-calculus-of-history/#comment-17629
hhEb09'1Sun, 01 Oct 2006 21:25:37 +0000http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2006/09/30/the-calculus-of-history/#comment-17629I enjoyed looking over the website, and found a lot of things I was interested in, but I wonder if she knows that the Newton Project that she has a link to on her Links page says that its first major task is “to produce a much-needed catalogue of all Newton’s surviving theological, alchemical and administrative papers”, a “complete edition” of his “extraordinary ‘non-scientific’ writings”
]]>By: Robin Lee
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2006/09/30/the-calculus-of-history/#comment-17635
Robin LeeSun, 01 Oct 2006 07:53:43 +0000http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2006/09/30/the-calculus-of-history/#comment-17635I am trying to dig any mathematics trick now.
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http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2006/09/30/the-calculus-of-history/#comment-17633
DaranSun, 01 Oct 2006 04:08:25 +0000http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2006/09/30/the-calculus-of-history/#comment-17633I hate to nit-pick, but epsilon is not infinitesimal. That’s the true beauty of an epsilon-delta argument – both numbers are finite.
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http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2006/09/30/the-calculus-of-history/#comment-17628
The Bad AstronomerSun, 01 Oct 2006 01:22:09 +0000http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2006/09/30/the-calculus-of-history/#comment-17628What? Nothing from Jen-Luc? Don’t get me wrong, it’s fantastic to hear from Jennifer, but still…
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http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2006/09/30/the-calculus-of-history/#comment-17634
Jennifer OuelletteSun, 01 Oct 2006 00:32:03 +0000http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2006/09/30/the-calculus-of-history/#comment-17634It is I who should be currying favor with Phil, the bestest bad astronomer in the whole wide world. Seriously, I’m sure his site numbers just crush mine on a daily basis. And thanks for dissecting the math trick! It will come in very handy when my niece starts learning algebra…
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http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2006/09/30/the-calculus-of-history/#comment-17627
Gary AnsorgeSat, 30 Sep 2006 21:32:58 +0000http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2006/09/30/the-calculus-of-history/#comment-17627I had a really great teacher of differential equations back in the late ’70s, Dr. Wolfgang Rindler, at the Univ. Of Texas in Richardson. He taught the course as a cookbook approach. MAde it much easier to deal with the subject. He noted in passing he was originally majoring in math, working on his PhD, when he discovered he really didn’t have a matematical mind, ie, the ability to “intuitively” grasp math. But being good at manipiulating the symbols, he just changed his major to physics and ran with it,,,

GAry 7

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http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2006/09/30/the-calculus-of-history/#comment-17631
Nigel DepledgeSat, 30 Sep 2006 20:56:46 +0000http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2006/09/30/the-calculus-of-history/#comment-17631I have to say, calculus is a bit of a stumbling block for me. I learned the basics at school (how to differentiate or integrate quadratic equations), but when I found myself (having acquired a PhD) years later trying to understand the integration of the equation of a rectangular hyperbola, I did struggle.
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http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2006/09/30/the-calculus-of-history/#comment-17630
helloteddySat, 30 Sep 2006 20:51:42 +0000http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2006/09/30/the-calculus-of-history/#comment-17630haha! neat trick…
I wish she could do these for harder subjects like topology. :
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