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World Book Day

Yesterday was World Book Day. A perfect excuse to post this picture of my amazingly cute grandchildren …

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Congratulations …

… to Rosemary Bailey, who has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. It is pleasing when one of us gets to go through such a door!

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Here is my calendar picture for March. The shiny fruit are images of an artwork based on concave circular mirrors in the Kampa Gallery in Prague, the art gallery which inspired the whole enterprise and provided the basic picture for … Continue reading

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Buffon’s puzzling numbers

In a book about the celebrated French naturalist Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (best known to mathematicians for his needle), I found the following picture, apparently without explanation (unless I missed something): Apologies for the poor quality of the picture. … Continue reading

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Happy new year

HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone reading this! As the report from the WordPress monkeys makes clear, it has not been a good year for this blog, if measured in terms of visitor numbers (3000 down on last year). These have … Continue reading

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2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 86,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at … Continue reading

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Immigrants, 2

Can there ever be too many immigrants? If climate change makes heavily populated regions of earth uninhabitable, then we will not be able to stop the people from these regions heading for other places. Borders will come under extreme pressure; … Continue reading

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