new photo blog

i started this blog in 2006, and it's shifted along with my interests through the years. it's been witness to a lot of learning for me...

still, i feel that i need a home for my photography -- so from now on, i'll be posting my pictures on the journal on my reworked website. if you like my photos, you might decide to follow me there!

my first post is here -- check it out!

as for this blog, i'm not sure what will happen. i don't think i'm willing to let it go, and certainly i'll keep it as an archive, but i need some time to figure it out.

for those of you that pop in from time to time, thanks for the visits and encouragement.


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

the unreasonable beauty of mathematics

on scientific american:


'if you shut yourself in a room and devise some abstract mathematics for the sake of sheer intellectual fascination, you might not expect your scribblings to have any relevance to the real world. your parents would probably bug you about what you were doing with your life. and yet time and again, scientists find that the creations of pure thought match what they discover in nature. does it mean the world at its deepest levels is somehow mathematical? does it simply mean that scientists are good at cherry-picking the conceptual tools they need? mathematicians, physicists, philosophers and others debate that question, as astrophysicist mario livio describes in the august issue of scientific american. whatever the answer may be, we can still marvel at the beauty of mathematical structures.'

slideshow

via the RDFRS

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