President Lydon B. Johnson
_______________________________________________CALCULUS MAKES YOU LIVE LONGER!
Noble Prize winner Igor Tamm. Born on 8 July 1895 in Vladivostok, Russian Empire.Died 12 April 1971 (aged 75) Known for Cherenkov–Vavilov effect and the Tamm–Dancoff approximation. Also won the Stalin Prize, 1954. He has a crater named after him on the moon!
”During the Russian revolution, the mathematical physicist Igor Tamm was seized by anti-communist vigilantes at a village near Odessa where he had gone to barter for food. They suspected he was an anti-Ukrainian communist agitator and dragged him off to their leader.
Asked what he did for a living, he said he was a mathematician. The sceptical gang leader began to finger the bullets and grenades slung round his neck. ‘All right,’ he said, ‘calculate the error when the Taylor series approximation to a function is truncated after n terms. Do this and you will go free. Fail and you will be shot.’ Tamm slowly calculated the answer in the dust with his quivering finger. When he had finished, the bandit cast his eye over the answer and waved him on his way.
Tamm won the 1958 Nobel prize for physics but he never did discover the identity of the unusual bandit leader.”
– John Barrow, “It’s All Platonic Pi in the Sky,” The Times Educational Supplement, May 11, 1993
ONE WEEK OF CHEERFULNESS
Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)
In 1918, Bertrand Russell was sentenced to six months in prison for writing an antiwar essay.
”I was much cheered in my arrival by the warder at the gate who had to take particulars about me. He asked my religion and I replied ‘agnostic.’ He asked how to spell it, and remarked with a sigh: ‘Well, there are many religions, but I suppose they all worship the same God.’ This remark kept me cheerful for about a week.”
YOU HAVE MAIL!
Ed, one of my regular readers, wrote to me defending Mark Dutton’s honour:
”I have known Mark Dutton for some time, and he is inept, not crooked. Also, one of the nicest persons inside or outside chess that I have ever met. Ed”
TOO INEPT TO BE CROOKED?!
One way to have the hair removed from your ass!
I don’t know…but there appears to be something inappropriate about this!
Nice outfit! Blue brings out the best in her….
Some like winter more than others….