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Archives for May, 2011

Gauss’ Law PROVED WRONG!

Just though I’d try writing a post title in the style of a crank. Kinda fun! Gauss’ law, of course, is not wrong. But I got a question from a reader that deceptively simple and an interesting example of a theorem not quite working the way you’d expect. I’ve gone over Gauss’ law before, so…

Thoughts on Osama

Some initial thoughts, on a beautiful day in a palpably better world without Osama: 1. I’m astonished he was still alive. I was certain he died from an anonymous bomb or health problems sometime between ’01 and ’04. He hadn’t released any tapes or videos with unambiguous confirmation of when they were recorded, and the…