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How Dirac Made Every Number

A couple weeks back I offered a challenge taken from Graham Farmelo’s biography (The Strangest Man) of the physicist Paul Dirac. The physicist had been invited into a game to create whole numbers by using exactly four 2′s and the normal arithmetic operations, for example: … 279 more words


The Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage

While I mostly read fiction, every once in awhile, a biography will sneak its way into my stacks. Daniel Mark Epstein’s The Lincoln’s:  Portrait of a Marriage… 205 more words


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - A Complete Biography: Enter Fame

“What you do in this world is a matter of no consequence. The question is what can you make people believe you have done.”

Sherlock Holmes – a detective who derived his conclusion from practical evidence and mental deduction – may seem to be a real person to some (and in fact, he was based on an actual person), but is the work of the truly amazing Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. 639 more words


Stronger by Jeff Bauman with Bret Witter

After reading a book review about this book, I instantly requested this book to read since I have running daughters and the 2014 Boston Marathon is just around the corner.   186 more words


Marie-Josephte Corriveau

Marie-Josephte Corriveau (1733 at Saint-Vallier, Quebec – April 18, 1763 at Quebec City), better known as “la Corriveau”, is one of the most popular figures in Québécois folklore. 1,044 more words


The Stokes Croft Riots-Three Years Later....

On the 21st April 2011, a series of riots broke out in the Stokes Croft area of Bristol. They’ve generally went down among the media, and indeed, many people as the actions of local people protesting the opening of a new Tesco’s store near the area. 2,969 more words