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MATHEMATICAL INDUCTION: DOMINOES OF LOGIC

THE WORD “INDUCTION” has a whole bunch of meanings: Merriam-Webster starts with “the act or process of inducting (as into office),” which is sort of a definitional cop-out: What’s “inducting”? … Continue reading

March 19, 2019 · 2 Comments

AL MOONEY’S 1938 CULVER DART MODEL G

AL MOONEY’S AIRCRAFT included, among others, the Alexander Eaglerock and Bullet, the Bellanca Irish Swoop racer and its Airbus cargo plane, the Monocoupe Dart Model G and its Monocoach sibliing, … Continue reading

March 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

MEMORIES AND TIDBITS FROM A COOK’S PART 2

YESTERDAY’S MEMORIES and tidbits involved driving south from Paris, dining in Vienne, dancing in Avignon, and recalling an imaginary friendship in Tarascon. Today in Part 2, let’s have a Nice … Continue reading

March 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

MEMORIES AND TIDBITS FROM A COOK’S PART 1

I WAS LEAFING through one of my old travel books, Cook’s Traveller’s Handbook Riviera and Pyrenees, 1923, and its descriptions prompted memories of my own travels more than 60 years … Continue reading

March 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

HOLMES ON THE WIRELESS PART 2

RADIO RENDITIONS of Holmes wireless adventures yesterday at SimanaitisSays involved famed Sherlockian William Gillette and unsung portrayals by others on pioneer radio stations. Today, in Part 2, let’s make room … Continue reading

March 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

HOLMES ON THE WIRELESS PART 1

DEVELOPMENT OF the wireless coincided with Sherlock Holmes’ retirement from being the world’s first consulting detective. His last bow, chronicled by Dr. John H. Watson and cleverly enough titled “His … Continue reading

March 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

GETTING ANSTY ABOUT NAVIGATION

AT SUPERFICIAL GLANCE, ants seem to alternate between random walks and purposeful straightline travel. Scientists at Aix Marseille University in Marseille, France, have created an AntBot that delves beyond the … Continue reading

March 13, 2019 · Leave a comment