Archives for August, 2006

The Poincare Conjecture

Tuesday’s New York Times had this lengthy article about progress on one of the great open problems in mathematics: Poincare’s conjecture. Actually, it looks increasingly likely that the problem is no longer open: Three years ago, a Russian mathematician by the name of Grigory Perelman, a k a Grisha, in St. Petersburg, announced that he…

Dembski’s Decline

While I was away, William Dembski offered up this revealing post. He describes how he met philosopher Barbara Forrest and asked her to autograph his copy of Creationism’s Trojan Horse. She signed it, “To Bill, With Thanks.” Dembski writes: Indeed, what is she thanking me for? If ID is such a vicious evil, a more…

The Day-Age Theory

Prior to my break, there was some discussion, in the comments to this post, about the Day-Age Theory. This refers to the idea that the “Days” in the first chapter of Genesis actually refer to very long periods of time. This is a desperation move made by Biblical literalists who are uneasy rejecting the considerable…

Home and Office

Things have settled down a bit here in Harrisonburg. The JMU Math Department has now nestled in to its new digs in the appallingly named, but otherwise attractive, Roop Hall. Sadly, my office currently has no shelves on the walls, a state affairs I expect to persist for several more weeks. So much of my…

Brief Blog Break

Sorry for the lack of blogging lately. I’m in the process of buying my first house, which means most of my time lately has been spent either dealing with that, or sitting around worrying that I’m making some terrible mistake. Making matters worse, the math department here at JMU is about to move in to…