Archive for the 'Ideas' Category

Reading the Alphabet

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

I’m currently reading several library books (See my video post about that), two of the books talk about the actual process of reading and writing with marks on paper. The two books are “The Information” by James Gleick and “The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction” by Alan Jacobs: It just so happens [...]

The Sway of the Fake Restaurant

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

I recently finished reading “Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior.” It shows how people frequently base a lot of their decision making on irrational ideas. Stock investors chase a loss, consumers value a more expensive product just because it’s more expensive, and students stick with their first impressions of teachers despite contrary evidence. Carl’s [...]

Smallest Unknown Prime Number

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

A prime number is a natural number that has exactly two distinct divisors. Like 5939. It’s divisible only by 1 and by 5939. Mathematicians are constantly trying to find bigger and bigger prime numbers. Currently (as of April 2007), the largest know prime number is 232,582,657−1, found last September. So that’s the largest known prime. [...]

Digits of Pi

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

Another teacher at Biola forwarded me a link to the Pi Search page: “At http://www.angio.net/pi/piquery you can search for your favorite number up to 120 digits long in the decimal expansion of pi.” I found all of my favorite numbers within the first 200 million digits (that’s as far as the search goes). For example, [...]