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Arithmetic, intuition, and very large errors

Here in Canada we’ve just had a federal election. As politics often does, it put on display two kinds of people: those whose thinking has led them to have strong opinions, and those whose strong opinions have led them to stop thinking. I saw a stunningly good example of the latter group, and the amusing story carries a message that applies much more broadly. So here goes. Continue reading

Writing on writing makes me nervous

Photo: Scorpion stonework, house on Lilla Nygatan, Stockholm, Sweden; photo S. Heard. How many legs is that again? Oh well, at least the error isn’t carved in stone.  Oh, wait….

It wouldn’t surprise me if every paper I’ve ever published contains an error. Mind you, it wouldn’t bother me all that much, either. Continue reading