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Banach-Tarski Paradox

It is a common occurrence in mathematics that when something does go wrong, it goes terribly wrong. This exact phenomenon occurs with the Banach-Tarski Paradox. Informally, it says that one can take a sphere (in 3 or more dimensional space)  can be split into finitely many pieces and, using only rigid motions, can be rearranged to form two spheres. 1,156 more words


The Silent Beginning

Look around you, and what do you see? Obviously you will see some sort of computer resting in front of you. You may also see an array of objects in your bedroom, living-room, or even office. 485 more words


Baggage From a Ten Year Old

At first, I used to think that God was out to get me. But now I know that he does so with the best of intentions. 1,066 more words


"Immoral Promises"

That is the title of our most recent work in progress, which we posted here on the Social Science Research Network. As the title suggests, the focus of our paper is on illegal and immoral promises, like the ill-fated partnership between the fictional characters Walter White and Jesse Pinkman in… 186 more words


Raila is Using Protests for Fame and Gauge His Power.

“The unexamined life is not worth living” – Socrates (470-399 BCE) Socrates ’ belief that we must reflect upon the life we live was partly inspired by the famous phrase inscribed at the shrine of the oracle at Delphi, “Know thyself.” The key to finding value in the prophecies of the oracle was self-knowledge, not a decoder ring. 550 more words


"A Woman's Beauty: Put-Down or Power Source?" -- Susan Sontag

This essay discusses societal views of women’s beauty in a historical sense, and comments on how the Ancient Greek view of “inside” and “outside” looks is not too different from today. 1,136 more words

Culture And Society

Book Review -!aha aha! Gotcha Insight by Martin Gardner


Martin Gardner is a mathematician and has published books since 1935. His scientific American columns and mathematical games are all available somewhere. But this book is a classic -has 144 wonderful puzzles from the reigning king of recreational mathematics. 213 more words