Archive for August, 2008

One of the staples of the mathematics undergrad curriculum is “abstract algebra,” where you talk about things at a high level of generality with the hopes of applying them to a lot of different types of objects. The fundamental example of this is the notion of a group. Roughly speaking, a group consists of a […]


Numbers popped up in two places for me today. The first was that the muppets have a new number-themed video. I think, nostalgically, my favourite is still their video dealing with the number 12 but their 4-centred video, featuring Feist, definitely holds its own. The second place was the following section of the book “Out of Africa:” At […]