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Options January 7, 2010: Mathematics Explained! Feat. Dr. Dave From Knoxville!!!!

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Artist Track Album
Serge Gainsbourg  Cannabis (Instrumental)   Options Cannabis 
Black Sabbath  Orchid   Options Master Of Reality 
Peter Wyngarde  The Way I Cry Over You   Options When Sex Leers Its Inquisitive Head 
MIka Ratto  Vaarennettya Rahanvaihtoa   Options Polkupyoralla Vuokkopenkereelle 
Rake Kash   Track 12   Options Rake Kash 
Henry Miller  Third Or Fourth Day Of Spring   Options Folio 1: Black Spring 
(Plus) Don Pullen  Tracey's Blues (Etc.)   Options Healing Force 

Listener comments!

  Thu. 1/7/10 2:02am Doug:

hello night people!
  Thu. 1/7/10 2:06am Nicole:

Is the Crystal Ship still admitting passengers?
  Thu. 1/7/10 2:26am linear algebra:

is after calculus
  Thu. 1/7/10 2:26am Joshua K:

Depends on how precise you need to be. I'll just round off pi to 3
  Thu. 1/7/10 2:28am Peter:

Not algebra, linear algebra! Also differential equations.
  Thu. 1/7/10 2:28am Joshua K:

Linear Algebra is different.
Heres the math major undergrad at NJIT:
  Thu. 1/7/10 2:30am Joshua K:

Math 477 - Stochastic Processes
This course introduces the theory and applications of random processes needed in various disciplines such as mathematical biology, finance, and engineering. Topics include discrete and continuous Markov chains, Poisson processes, as well as topics selected from Brownian motion, renewal theory, and simulation.
  Thu. 1/7/10 2:31am to give:

is better than to receive
  Thu. 1/7/10 2:31am Joshua K:

Linear Algebra:
Linear systems of equations, matrix algebra, linear spaces, orthogonality, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, diagonalization, and matrix decomposition
  Thu. 1/7/10 2:33am jeffey:

pop secret popcorn was multicolored
  Thu. 1/7/10 2:34am jeffey:

  Thu. 1/7/10 2:39am brad:

clocks were used in conjunction with sextants to navigate on old timey oceanic voyages
  Thu. 1/7/10 2:56am eric:

Differential Equations also come after Calculus.
  Thu. 1/7/10 3:15am Joshua K:

In physics, like if you slow down in your car you can have a negative acceleration thats applied by the breaks
  Thu. 1/7/10 3:18am Doug:

Baader-Meinhof Complex
  Thu. 1/7/10 3:18am jeffey:

is zero a numeral? it is a digit right?
  Thu. 1/7/10 3:27am red:

  Thu. 1/7/10 3:30am Peter:

Remember Stand and Deliver?
  Thu. 1/7/10 3:38am JOHNNY:

phi and pi are irrational numbers. they cannot be expressed as a ratio of whole numbers. they are real numbers but not rational numbers.
  Thu. 1/7/10 3:51am JOHNNY:

Godel proved his incompleteness theorem by showing that any arrangement of statements in a logical language (say a formalized form of english that we agree on expressing logical statements.) can be arranged in logically valid sentences that can't be arrived at by starting from the basic axioms of the language.
  Thu. 1/7/10 3:53am Nicole:

Time signature sets the limits
  Thu. 1/7/10 3:57am JOHNNY:

It would make sense for it to plateau because of physical limitations ie, small circuits are hotter, electrons are of a finite size etc.
  Thu. 1/7/10 4:01am JOHNNY:

The string theory of physics is largely presenting new math
  Thu. 1/7/10 4:07am dddoug:

died in 55
  Thu. 1/7/10 4:12am Doug:

She asks "what woudl the other say"
  Thu. 1/7/10 4:12am Nicole:

Shouldn't she ask something like what's 2+2?
  Thu. 1/7/10 4:14am Nicole:

Yeah, but if he lied or said 5 she would know it was wrong, cuz he would always lie?
  Thu. 1/7/10 4:17am JOHNNY:

The question to ask is:

To door 1: Would the other door tell me your door is safe or dangerous?

If door 1 is telling the truth, then he would say that door 2 (liar door) would say that door 1 is safe if it is dangerous or dangerous if it is safe.

If door 1 is telling the lie, then he would say door 2 (truth door) would say dangerous if the door is really safe, and safe if it is really dangerous.

So you can see in either case if you get the answer 'dangerous' it is the dangerous door and if the answer is 'safe' the door is dangerous no matter which one you ask.
  Thu. 1/7/10 4:18am JOHNNY:

I mean to say the door will tell you 'dangerous' if it is safe, and 'safe' if it is really dangerous no matter which one you ask.
  Thu. 1/7/10 4:19am JOHNNY:


you can't ask 2+2 because you only get 1 question.
  Thu. 1/7/10 4:19am Nicole:

Oh, I see. Thanks. I've always wondered what the actual answer would be.
  Thu. 1/7/10 4:23am dave from knoxville:

That was fun
  Thu. 1/7/10 4:24am Night People:

Thanks Dave! Great work!
  Thu. 1/7/10 4:24am Nicole:

Good job, Dave. Very interesting.
  Thu. 1/7/10 4:29am Joshua K:

dave is good for listening to
  Thu. 1/7/10 4:50am Kenneth:

First time I've listened to this show, it's all ready a favourite. Going to have to set aside a month or eight to listen to all the archives.
  Fri. 1/8/10 10:00am Kendall!:

awww I wish I'd been listening last night I studied Mathematics in college :(
  Fri. 1/8/10 10:59am Kendall!:

imaginary numbers are useful in analyzing movements in dynamical systems and fluid systems, which has practical applications in graphics!
  Fri. 1/8/10 2:07pm Kendall!:

JOSHUA K! I took that Stochastic Simulation at NJIT. Then I withdrew because it drove me freaking nuts. I took IS 461 - Dynamical Systems Simulation and Chaos instead.
  Mon. 7/16/12 11:08am Wisdom Dispensary:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_Jesus & https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historicity_of_Jesus
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