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Ending Academic Imperialism: a Beginning

Ending Academic Imperialism: a Beginning

Professor C. K. Raju

Inmantec, Ghaziabad,

Centre for Studies in Civilizations, New Delhi

School of Mathematical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang…

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Civilisation 26: Euclid of Alexandria

Welcome to the ‘Civilisation’ blog series. This is my attempt to categorise some of history’s most famous (and infamous) names. Sometimes it’s serious and sometimes it’s silly. 336 more words

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Ancient geometry originated with a penis.

Here’s a very kinky, but little-known fact.

One of the very first geometric equations developed by ancient man was the Pythagorean theorem. The Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras is credited with proving that in every right-angled triangle, the square of the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides. 161 more words

Euclid's Spiders

The image of two black spiders above is created by interference, and is an example of an interference pattern. The figures which are interfering are four points (and the rays which go with them), two close together on the right, and two close together on the left, but with the two pairs in different orientations. 22 more words


Prime Numbers and Extraterrestrial Communication

A fascinating but little known application of prime numbers involves the search for, and communication with, extraterrestrials.  In the 1997 film Contact (adapted from Carl Sagan’s novel by the same name), Ellie Arroway and her team of radio telescope ET hunters pick up a repeating signal from the nearby star Vega (around 25 light years away).   1,532 more words

Carl Sagan


Euclid is a satellite that the European Space Agency will launch around 2020. The main goal of Euclid is to map the position and distance (or rather redshift) or 30 to 50 millions galaxies and to record the image of another two billions. 91 more words