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March 21, 2008 at 2:14 pm

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If Christmas wasn’t enough

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For those interested, the entire proclamation can be found here.

So, does that mean December 25th is now officially Newton Day?


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January 30, 2008 at 9:42 pm

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Nerd Sniping

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From xkcd,

Click to actually read it

So, how does one find the effective resistance?

The solution to this question, and many other network shapes, is present in Jozsef Cserti’s paper1.

Additionally, this website2 also clearly explains the technique to find the general equivalent resistance between any two nodes. The resistance between the two marked nodes in the xkcd question is,

\frac{1}{4 \pi^2} \int_{-\pi}^{\pi} \int_{-\pi}^{\pi} \left( \frac{1-\cos(2x+y)}{2-\cos{x} - \cos{y}} \right) dx dy

which turns out to be \frac{8-\pi}{2 \pi}. Check out Appendix A of Cserti’s paper for a technique to evaluate the above integral.

External Links
[1] – Application of the lattice Green’s function for calculating the resistance of an infinite network of resistors, Cserti József, American Journal of Physics, Volume 68, Issue 10, pp. 896-906 (2000). arXiv:cond-mat/9909120v4
[2] – Infinite 2D square grid of 1 ohm resistors

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January 3, 2008 at 12:02 am

Posted in humour, mathematics

Pope on climate change

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An excerpt from the message that the pope released and is going to convey during New Year’s Day,

The family, the human community and the environment

Humanity today is rightly concerned about the ecological balance of tomorrow. It is important for assessments in this regard to be carried out prudently, in dialogue with experts and people of wisdom, uninhibited by ideological pressure to draw hasty conclusions

Delicious irony.

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December 14, 2007 at 6:43 pm

Posted in humour, religion, science

Whaddya know?

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PZ Myers had linked to the webcomic Russell’s Teapot recently. From one of the comics,

Now, what’s really curious is that the fact that they do speak Norwegian in Hell!

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October 18, 2007 at 2:55 pm

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Marcus Brigstocke

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He is absolutely hilarious. I enjoyed this rant of his, which was pointedly incisive, yet wickedly funny.

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August 3, 2007 at 10:08 pm

Posted in humour, rant, religion