tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-38903192.post560630291539844279..comments2010-07-07T14:51:34.230-05:00Comments on dorophoria: history of mathematicsemhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16970925510790918836noreply@blogger.comBlogger3125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-38903192.post-30723267336632938302007-10-14T19:50:00.000-05:002007-10-14T19:50:00.000-05:00Or, if worse comes to worse, I can run you in for ...Or, if worse comes to worse, I can run you in for a crash course with my husband the sadistics...uhhh...statistics man.Leigh C.https://www.blogger.com/profile/13654596932726420097noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-38903192.post-82161789360531514462007-10-14T02:16:00.000-05:002007-10-14T02:16:00.000-05:00Found it!_The Mathematical Universe_ by William Du...Found it!<BR/><BR/>_The Mathematical Universe_ by William Dunham. Let me know how and where and I can deliver it to you.<BR/><BR/>Not only does he go on at great length about the various feats of Bernoulli, he also makes clear that the guy was an egotistical prick even when he was proven wrong. I'm not sure if you can write "egotistical prick" in a grant proposal, but it certainly would differentiate you from the pack.Rayhttp://rayinneworleans.moronosphere.comnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-38903192.post-5032981784549204252007-10-14T02:11:00.000-05:002007-10-14T02:11:00.000-05:00If the grant proposal is being judged by math geek...If the grant proposal is being judged by math geeks, just write some "blah blah Reimann zeta function yada yada large primes" bullshit and be done with it.<BR/><BR/>If it's being read by mere mortals, you could just ignore Bernoulli numbers and instead talk about probability and the theory of large numbers and why gambling is stupid, since that's some Bernoulli the man on the street could really use.<BR/><BR/>Or you could *really* go out on a limb and pick a different Bernoulli entirely and explain how airplane wings work.<BR/><BR/>Somewhere in my stack of crap I have a good book on the history of mathematics which explains all this stuff in layman's terms, but I'm not sure I've seen it since the move. If I find it you can certainly borrow it.<BR/><BR/>From a comp sci geek perspective, the most fun mathematicians are Goedel and Turing; have you got good stuff for them?Rayhttp://rayinneworleans.moronosphere.comnoreply@blogger.com