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Archives for December, 2009

Normally you wouldn’t think of chick lit as experimental literature, but the interplay between the book and film versions of Bridget Jones’s Diary is so bizarre as to be practically science fiction. The novel is itself a very loose retelling of Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice. That novel is of course the gold standard…

Parachutes and Public Radio

I’m a relatively light sleeper. The ear-piercing klaxons that are most alarm clock buzzers are way more than necessary to get me out of bed, and even most music stations are more than I want to deal with abruptly when I’m trying to work up the will to leave warm comfort to go to a…

A few days ago we looked at what a Lagrangian actually is. The short of it is that it’s the kinetic energy minus the potential energy of a given mass*. More importantly, if you construct the classical action by integrating the Lagrangian over the time (see the previous link for a more full explanation) you’ll…