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Descartes at the Whipple

René Descartes (1596-1650) is best known now for his contributions to Philosophy, which were perhaps the most significant advances in philosophical thinking since the works of Plato and Aristotle over a thousand years prior, and which set the agenda for European philosophical thought even through to the modern day. 453 more words


James Clerk Maxwell: Light in Nature and in Faith

The Scotch physicist James Clerk Maxwell FRS FRSE (13 June 1831 in Edinburgh – 5 November 1879 in Cambridge) was one of the chief figures among 19th century physicists. 626 more words


Inside Knowledge: Why We Like to Know Useless Stuff

This blog post has the same title as a Feature article by Daniel Cossins in the 1 Apr 2017 New Scientist. The author notes that knowledge is more than just information.  458 more words

Human Memory: Theory And Data

Mrs Wedderburn’s Abigail

This month’s curio is a piece of stranded knitting worked by the Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell (1831-79) for his paternal aunt, Mrs Isabella Wedderburn, when he was about 12 years old. 589 more words


The End 2016 Mathematics A To Z: Distribution (statistics)

As I’ve done before I’m using one of my essays to set up for another essay. It makes a later essay easier. What I want to talk about is worth some paragraphs on its own. 919 more words


How October 2016 Treated My Mathematics Blog

I do try to get these monthly readership review posts done close to the start of the month. I was busy the 1st of the month, though, and had to fit around the End 2016 Mathematics A To Z. 871 more words