Monthly Archives: February 2015


Outrage Over Government’s Animal Experiments Leads To USDA Review http://n.pr/1BY5Y4q

Some of the outrageous experiments in here seem even more offensive if you believe (as I do) that we have enough information to make a fairly good predictive model for some of these “empiric” questions. I find it morally objectionable that the government didn’t hire someone to sit down and do some math before condemning all these animals to horrific deaths. The question of whether or not we need to know should be considered, sure, but also the question of how to go about knowing, and if an answer derived on paper is good enough if it spares lives (and, no doubt, taxpayer dollars).


Legend had it that, during the invasion, Archimedes was so engrossed in the study of a geometric figure in the sand that he failed to respond to the questioning of a Roman soldier. As a result, he was speared to death.

After reading this, Sophie Germain concluded that if somebody could be so consumed by a geometric problem that it could lead to their death, then mathematics must be the most captivating subject in the world.