austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
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austin_dern

This could be the start of something big

I've talked about this enough, but I've finally now put action to the thought. I've begun a professional blog, one meant to show my abilities as a mathematician. There are things I've learned from doing this, such as to get entries or at least ideas for entries planned out ahead of deadline; also, I'm not committing to any particular production schedule over there because I know what adding another compulsion to my day will do to me. I'm figuring on several times a week.

Anyway. My initial grand plan is to explain e, as in the base of the natural logarithm, in an interesting fashion, which is why I'm taking it the long way around, starting with King George III, and skipping the compound-interest story that everyone interested in the subject has heard enough times to not find interesting anymore. I also have a secondary theme that's going to start with something cute I noticed about some numbers made of strings of 9's followed by a 6.

For those interested please consider reading it, as I take a reasonable pride in the writing. The first entry with its mention of King George III and nothing about e went up several hours ago.

Thank you, won't you?

Trivia: One of the earliest typeset books on arithmetic (Treviso, 1478), uses the symbol i to represent 1, possibly because that early in printing there was not yet a type for 1. Source: A History Of Mathematical Notations, Florian Cajori.

Currently Reading: Wheels, Life, And Other Mathematical Amusements, Martin Gardner.

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