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I was going to recommend that. Each chapter is a chatty essay, setting up a social context that shows the importance of mathematics in war, health care, or biology,...

However, each chapter also involves some real mathematics. For example the reader is invited to solve a simple differential equation to follow the story.


Submission + - What is Norway's opinion on OOXML? (

Martin Bekkelund writes: "Hi,

I'm a member of the Norwegian Standards Institute committee K 185, who is set do discuss Norway's opinion on the ISO certification of OOXML. I've written an article which may be of interest, regarding the Norwegian process.

The article may be found in my weblog at the following URL: orways-opinion-on-ooxml/

Best regards,

Martin Bekkelund"


Submission + - Brian May Successfully Defends Thesis (

DynaSoar writes: "Brian May, lead guitarist for Queen has successfully defended his astrophysics thesis at London's Imperial College He still must resubmit his written thesis after making required corrections, but this is pro forma. He is to formally receive his doctorate in May 2008, nearly 40 years after turning from his studies to become a professional musician. The subject of his thesis, entitled "Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud," is based on work he did in Tenerife in the 1960's. He has two prior scientific publications on this topic, in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (166, 429 — 448 (1974)), and in Nature (240, 401 — 402 (15 December 1972))."

The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent. -- Sagan