Two, three, four, infinitity.
Submitted by smokingjames on Sun, 01/16/2005 - 7:37pm. Funny
professor: "How many planes can intersect collinear points B, C, D?
girl: "Two..."
boy: "Infinite."
girl: "Damn, infinite."
boy: "Sorry, nice try."
girl: "I was getting there."
boy: "What, were you counting?"
girl: "Yeah, I was starting at two."
--Two people to each other in a college geometry class.
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Posted by steff on Tue, 02/01/2005 - 4:06pm.
you realize i'm now even more adoring of all of you (except that i can't quite believe mike hadn't read flatland before now. *points* non-geek!! *HA-ha*). EVEN THOUGH i now have a buuuuunch more books to add to my wishlist. dammit!

pre-emptive points to jon for saying what i was thinking before i could.
Holy hypercubes, Batman!
Posted by slugbuggy on Mon, 01/31/2005 - 12:47pm.
There's this, too.

You tell me. I have no intention of starting another art thread.
No longer Platonic
Posted by Mike on Tue, 02/01/2005 - 7:31am.
Ookay. We'll just wrap things up by plunging headfirst into flat-out insanity, then.
Unholy moley!
Posted by Jon on Wed, 02/02/2005 - 9:22am.
My my. That is some link you found there.
Favorite quote (so hard to choose) would have to be:
Do you care to know that Cubic Creation debunks the Word God and Word World of the educated stupid human Word Animal?

Makes me wonder if it was written by a spam subject line generator... or a spam haiku poet.
Posted by Mike on Fri, 01/21/2005 - 9:06am.
Why use three points to describe a line when two would suffice? It's just plane decadence.
Two three four infinity / one two three infinity
Posted by smokingjames on Sat, 01/22/2005 - 1:53am.
i love you.
Posted by steff on Sat, 01/22/2005 - 7:54am.
everybody does, sj... eeeeeeverybody does.

Posted by Mike on Sat, 01/22/2005 - 1:10pm.
Euclidian me, right? If you're angling to butter me up so you can rhombus or something, I'll tell you right now that I won't cosine anything, and SECANT MAKE ME!
(*points at steff*)

(...Man, was the girl in the quote really planning to count to infinity? That's, like, expert-level stalling! I am humbled!)

[edit] And hey, while I'm here: Harvard goofball suggests that maybe girls are just naturally bad at math. Heh. That can't help but improve things!

(*sigh*) He makes more money than I ever will.
I'll laugh at all your jokes.
Posted by smokingjames on Thu, 01/27/2005 - 3:41am.
no, seriously, i had this duke nukem wedding planned, but it's way off will you marry me?
I ruined a Duke Nukem wedding?!?
Posted by Mike on Thu, 01/27/2005 - 10:31am.
Nooo... Slashdot will want me dead... angry nerds everywhere...

(*retreats to basement*)

Wandering mind/distraction tangent: I can't think of very much math-based science fiction offhand. Is that because there isn't any, or did I just miss out somehow?
Posted by smokingjames on Sun, 02/06/2005 - 3:47pm.
no, you didn't ruin a thing.

it was that damn duke...
Posted by Jon on Fri, 01/28/2005 - 8:42am.
By math, are you including topology? If so, "Flatland" and "Sphereland" would be on the list.


Out of my depth?
Posted by Mike on Mon, 01/31/2005 - 8:59am.

I spent all weekend trying to imagine what a hypercube would look like. It just gave me a headache. Lousy extra dimensions.

This is just reminding me of how very completely differential equations kicked my ass.
Annoying question
Posted by Mike on Tue, 02/01/2005 - 11:00am.
Okay, I've started reading Flatland and already have a question stuck in my head that's been there since Chapter One: are shadows two-dimensional? They have length and width, but no depth. Does that count, or am I forgetting something obvious? What if gravity is a three dimensional version of shadowing, a side effect of some fourth-dimesional process twisted into our three dimensional world through its interaction with 3d mass?

Heh. Now, to intensify your headache, here's a tiny game of Pac-Man.
Pac Man
Posted by Monk on Wed, 02/02/2005 - 9:41am.
I'm going blind!!!

and the pac man is really small, too! goes under the bay???
? to the ! power
Posted by Jon on Mon, 01/24/2005 - 8:46am.
On the one hand, the guy might be a goofball, I've never met him.
Still, when a woman in the audience says she's "can't breathe" when she hears something she doesn't like... well, that sounds like having a tantrum. Which I thought was something that people outgrow.
Guess I was wrong.

Besides, "I didn't like
the way he presented that point" while she "didn't disagree" seems like sour grapes to me. The possibility that there is some accuracy in the statistic does not necessarily have to do personally with every member of the audience. Geez!

Furthermore, if there is some truth to the premise, then it shows how much the women in science and math have overcome, which rather seems a triumph to me.
Infini - tity?
Posted by Monk on Mon, 01/17/2005 - 8:47am. goes under the bay???
Too much to handle, maybe
Posted by Jon on Fri, 01/21/2005 - 8:17am.
You could get carpal tunnel dealing with that. Unless you are infini-handed.
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