who thought that one number could be so powerful? consider a number so rare that most of math’s difficult enigmas can be solved simply by reciting the number. this number might be represented somewhere in the universe, but even if a person stumbled upon it, they would not be able to identify it. have iContinue reading “Hard-to-describe numbers”
guy steele, the guy who wrote the book on lisp, and co-wrote the book on java just called my office by accident (wrong number). MIT is a very unique place.
researchers in italy have created a system which can automatically classify texts by their style, with hopes of clearing up debates over attribution for old texts (e.g. francis bacon as william shakespeare). it’s also a pretty daunting proposition for people in the plagiarism business, such as stephen ambrose. his fans recently rallied around him, blurtingContinue reading “Style classification in text”