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A GLIMPSE AT SIR MODELING PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1, tidbits on epidemic modeling were offered, based on Paul Taylor’s “Susceptible, Infectious, Recovered,” London Review of Books, May 7, 2020. Today in Part 2, we see … Continue reading

May 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

A GLIMPSE AT SIR MODELING PART 1

AN “SIR” MODEL (as in S.I.R.) is a mathematical simulation of an epidemic. In full application, the model incorporates extremely detailed assessments of an epidemic’s factors. However, in “Susceptible, Infectious, … Continue reading

May 30, 2020 · 1 Comment

CELEBRATING EN HEDU’ANA

THE EARLIEST KNOWN poet, variously, En hedu’ana, Enheduanna, Sumerian 𒂗𒃶𒌌𒀭𒈾, flourished in the 23rd century B.C. I think of her as a Mesopotamian William Shakespeare, Johannes Kepler, and Emily Dickinson. … Continue reading

May 29, 2020 · 2 Comments

LOUIS BREGUET—A MAN AHEAD OF HIS TIME PART 2

THE NAME BREGUET is associated with time, but French pioneer aviator Louis Breguet was ahead of his. Here in Part 2, we see him as aviation entrepreneur, visionary, and theoretician. … Continue reading

May 28, 2020 · 2 Comments

LOUIS BREGUET—A MAN AHEAD OF HIS TIME PART 1

FRENCHMAN LOUIS BREGUET was the great-great-grandson of famed horologist Abraham-Louis Breguet. By contrast, Louis Breguet was an aviation pioneer, yet very much ahead of his time. Indeed, one of his … Continue reading

May 27, 2020 · 1 Comment

A GIANT AWAKENS PART 2

THE GIANT HERE is the U.S. auto industry. Today in Part 2, we continue with tidbits of its awakening from pandemic lockdown, as described in the past six weeks of … Continue reading

May 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

A GIANT AWAKENS PART 1

THE U.S., the second largest auto producer in the world, is awakening after a Covid-19-induced slumber. Here, in Parts 1 and 2 today and tomorrow, are tidbits about the automakers’ … Continue reading

May 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

BEHIND THE CURVE

SECOND GUESSING IS valuable only if it affects future actions. We can hope this occurs following an assessment in Science, May 8, 2020, published by the American Association for the … Continue reading

May 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

HUMOR IN ADAPTING TO COVID-19

EVEN IN THE darkest of times, humor can be a beneficial countermeasure to adversity. Here are examples related to our adapting to Covid-19. Bobbleheads. In Science, April 29, 2020, Meagan … Continue reading

May 23, 2020 · Leave a comment

A POPULATION SNAPSHOT FROM LEATHERBY AND MCCANN PART 2

THIS CONTINUES OUR demographic tour of data appearing in “Sweden Stayed Open. A Deadly Month Shows the Risks,” by Lauren Leatherby and Allison McCann, in The New York Times, May … Continue reading

May 22, 2020 · Leave a comment