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- Fri Jan 02, 2009 9:53 am UTC
- Forum: Fictional Science
- Topic: What is the mass of a feather?
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### Re: What is the mass of a feather?

Obviously none of this can be done until we have a complete and consistent axiom system for our mathematics. Of course once we've accomplished this we will be gods therefore we will be omnipotent so we can make ourselves omniscient and we'll just know the answer. Sheesh why has no one thought of thi...

- Tue Dec 23, 2008 5:27 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Mathematical Major?
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### Re: Mathematical Major?

At the school I go to the difference between pure and applied math is for pure you take Complex Analysis and Advanced Linear Algebra for applied it is A couple of upper division Stats courses... Everything else is the same. I think the usual course though is for someone to start with a more applied ...

- Wed Jan 02, 2008 10:58 pm UTC
- Forum: Books
- Topic: Favorite Herbert book?
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### Re: Favorite Herbert book?

I don't know why people knock the rest of the Dune series. I don't even think it gets good until after God Emperor but maybe I'm just odd in the head because no one seems to like some of his more interesting work. Maybe it was the fact that I read Dune when I was in 6th grade and for a second time w...

- Wed Jan 02, 2008 6:03 am UTC
- Forum: Books
- Topic: Book you are proudest to have finished...
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### Re: Book you are proudest to have finished...

Well lets see I read the entire Dune series when I was in 6th grade and I have to say I enjoyed every book. If you get into it enough it gets to be a bit of a mindfuck which is of course the whole reason to read it. You know you're not understanding it if it isn't messing with your mind. I'm also pr...

- Wed Jan 02, 2008 4:23 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Will the answer to this question ever be satisfactory?
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### Re: Will the answer to this question ever be satisfactory?

Ok my intuition is now saying this. Since the Reals aren't well ordered we can't say there is a "next" number, and if there is no "next" number my argument for them being the same size fails.

- Wed Jan 02, 2008 3:14 am UTC
- Forum: Books
- Topic: Favorite Herbert book?
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### Re: Favorite Herbert book?

I'll have to say The Jesus Incident was interesting. Dosadai experiment was nice but yeah Dune is epic it doesn't start to get really good again until after God Emperor but I think you need the back-story.

- Wed Jan 02, 2008 3:03 am UTC
- Forum: Books
- Topic: Favorite Herbert book?
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### Re: Favorite Herbert book?

I'd have to say some of Herbert's other books are lesser than Dune. If you don't get Dune you're missing out on an epic classic I didn't really quite get the feel of the book till my second time through. That said I've never enjoyed reading a book twice until I re-read the entire Dune saga and I pla...

- Wed Jan 02, 2008 1:53 am UTC
- Forum: Books
- Topic: uh, thats jacked up (disturbing books)
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### Re: uh, thats jacked up (disturbing books)

Guts not so much disturbing just disgusting. Almost boring in it's disgustingness.

- Wed Jan 02, 2008 1:18 am UTC
- Forum: Books
- Topic: Favorite Herbert book?
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### Favorite Herbert book?

Okay as far as authors go Herbert is God. What is your favorite Herbert book and why.

I think I may have to re-read every book he ever wrote to pick a favorite but I'll go with the Dune saga in general just for the epic scope.

I think I may have to re-read every book he ever wrote to pick a favorite but I'll go with the Dune saga in general just for the epic scope.

- Wed Jan 02, 2008 12:11 am UTC
- Forum: Religious Wars
- Topic: Distro Whores...I mean Distro Wars!
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### Re: Distro Whores...I mean Distro Wars!

I was at one time a rabid gentoo fan. After about 2 years of using it exclusively I trashed my system by trying to fix something with the wrong application of rm *... So I'm now on a quest to find the perfect Linux system. I am quite tired of emerge being so darned slow so right now I'm trying debia...

- Tue Jan 01, 2008 11:21 pm UTC
- Forum: Religious Wars
- Topic: Points
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### Re: Points

See the best reward for this would be free XKCD related materials...

- Tue Jan 01, 2008 9:43 pm UTC
- Forum: Religious Wars
- Topic: Filesharing: Inalienable right or punishable by death?
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### Re: Filesharing: Inalienable right or punishable by death?

At least with software I pretty much refuse to use anything that isn't GPL or otherwise free to use. With music I don't have the money to buy it so I listen to it on the radio (pandora.com is great) No need to download when I can already get it for free. I'm still waiting for a time when the interne...

- Tue Jan 01, 2008 8:37 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Will the answer to this question ever be satisfactory?
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### Re: Will the answer to this question ever be satisfactory?

That is exactly what I'm asking for help with. The intuition is if you can line things up qnqnqnqnqnqnq then there must be roughly the same number of each.

- Tue Jan 01, 2008 8:33 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Help with limits approaching infinity
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### Re: Help with limits approaching infinity

Is it just the fact that my brain is not running on all cylinders or is not \sqrt(x^2)=|x| which would have to be accounted for in all of the posts relating to squaring the denominator and then taking the square root. Not that it doesn't work in this case just thought it should be mentioned.

- Tue Jan 01, 2008 8:18 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Will the answer to this question ever be satisfactory?
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### Will the answer to this question ever be satisfactory?

Okay so there is an irrational number between any two rational numbers. There is also a rational number between every 2 irrational numbers. HOW CAN THESE TWO SETS HAVE A DIFFERENT CARDINALITIES. I have seen and believe the proof that the irrationals are uncountable and the rationals are countable. I...

- Tue Jan 01, 2008 7:44 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Division by Zero (Please, no new threads about this)
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### Re: Division by Zero (Please, no new threads about this)

How about we put every thread dealing with fake math in it's own forum (call it the trashbin) and delete every thread like this that comes up in the math forum. Not that division by zero cant be useful but it needs to be discussed in a context where it is and not in any field.

- Tue Jan 01, 2008 5:02 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Minimum Number of Bishops
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### Re: Minimum Number of Bishops

If 14 is the maximum number of squares a single bishop can cover then 4 is ruled out because 2*14 <32 which is the number of squares of a given color.

- Tue Jan 01, 2008 4:34 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: How do you end your proofs? QED, box, ...
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### Re: How do you end your proofs? QED, box, ...

I usually write out "Quantum Electro Dynamics"

- Tue Jan 01, 2008 3:52 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Minimum Number of Bishops
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### Re: Minimum Number of Bishops

I'm pretty sure the idea I'm going off of is salvageable but you are correct in that there are more diagonals than that. I hate problems like this because I HAVE to solve them... What I meant (this is still wrong) is that every place can be said to be part of one of 16 (or 14 or 15 depending on how ...

- Tue Jan 01, 2008 3:34 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Minimum Number of Bishops
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### Re: Minimum Number of Bishops

Okay far from a complete proof but I would say there are 16 diagonals on a chess board. Each bishop can cover 2 diagonals. Therefore you need 8 bishops to cover the whole board (assuming they're covering the square they occupy).

- Tue Oct 09, 2007 11:20 pm UTC
- Forum: Logic Puzzles
- Topic: Ninja Monkey Thief
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### Re: Ninja Monkey Thief

**Spoiler:**

- Tue Oct 09, 2007 4:37 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Mathematical explanations for things that aren't math
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### Re: Mathematical explanations for things that aren't math

Math is a descriptive language of the universe and it's ideas how could one NOT use it to describe something. Is there a relationship between things that is not inherently mathematical?

- Sat Oct 06, 2007 4:13 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Favorite Mathematical Equation
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### Re: Favorite Mathematical Equation

I like the proof that 2^(1/2) is irrational

- Sat Oct 06, 2007 3:26 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Show us your articles! Or what's your Erdos number?
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### Re:

I've slept with someone who put up Erdős for a few weeks at her home, does that count? Only if she slept with Erdos first, in which case you get an automatic Erdos number of 2. Possibly. Interestingly, by defining Erdos numbers in this way (and ignoring homosexual relationships, I guess) you would ...

- Fri Oct 05, 2007 10:45 pm UTC
- Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
- Topic: 0150: "Grownups"
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### Re: "Grownups" Discussion

Too bad I share my apartment with my dad after reading this thread I've been eying that walk in closet...

- Fri Oct 05, 2007 4:32 am UTC
- Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
- Topic: 0289: "Alone"
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### Re: "Alone" Discussion

So has the personals forum started up yet?

- Fri Oct 05, 2007 4:17 am UTC
- Forum: General
- Topic: Who the dickens are you?
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### Re: POST HERE FIRST - INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

I'm a 21 year old Math major and I've been reading this comic for around a year I'm single and have a 2 year old kid and I'm from Sacramento California. There isn't much else to know about my geeky self that wouldn't be better found out in pm or by my posts.

- Tue Oct 02, 2007 7:30 am UTC
- Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
- Topic: 0055: "Useless"
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### Re: Useless

Wondering how many people noticed that the shirt uses the Laplace transform while the comic uses the Fourier transform???