It wasn't the week I expected to have on my mathematics blog, but then who has the week they expected to have anymore? Here's what I published since last Sunday.
- Reading the Comics, November 25, 2017: Shapes and Probability Edition, a roundup of a week's worth of mathematics comics.
- How Drunk Can We Expect The Greatest Generation Podcast Hosts To Get? a touch of probability stuff I keep wondering if I should tweet at the Greatest Generation podcasters to make notice.
- Deciphering Wronski, Non-Standardly, pointing to somebody else who was fascinated by a crazy formula for π.
- Reading the Comics, December 2, 2017: Showing Intelligence Edition, another roundup of a week's worth of mathematics comics.
And in the story strips: What's Going On In The Phantom (Sundays)? September - December 2017 is a short update, because Sunday strips don't have a lot of time for things to develop, but it's there. Finally here's some more pictures of that place somewhere near Charleston that I forget the details of.
Main room of the second story, including the family(?) crest of arms. Also so wobbly a floor that you understand why we had to ascend the stairs slowly, leaving at least three steps of space between the previous person to go up and you. Also interesting: the paint apparently hasn't been redone since colonial times so that we can appreciate that this is how the people who ordered the house built thought the place should look, at least besides fading and wear and such.
The slaves' precariously narrow spiral staircase, hidden behind doors so they could get between floors without being seen.
Basement level of the house, and a bunch of concrete pillars that apparently were put in storage sometime around the 1880s and that never quite got used for anything, so I don't feel so bad about how long it's taking me to get our basement organized.
Basement level of the house and some light fixtures that I'm guessing haven't been there since the 1880s.
The slaves/servants' graveyard, off along the road where it could easily be missed.
Leave 'Em Rest: recently-constructed wrought-iron arch at the entrance to the graveyard. The quote (and, as I remember, arch) comes from the descendant of one of the buried servants, asked what to do with the place when it was being made into an historical site.
Trivia: Alphons J Van der Grinten published four renowned map projections, numbers I and IV in 1904, and numbers II and III in 1912. Only Van der Grinten I saw common use; the National Geographic Society used it for maps from 1922 to 1988. (The numerals were applied after Van der Grinten's publication.) Source: Maps and Civilization: Cartography in Culture and Society, Norman J W Thrower.
Currently Reading: The Art of the English Murder: From Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes to Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock, Lucy Worsley.