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Facts are so annoying…

by Ken Arnold on Mon 22 July 2013

Nate Silver has left the New York Times (moving to ESPN and ABC). Considering that he was very accurate in predicting election results, you would think they’d want to keep him, but apparently they aren’t that concerned. It seems that by proving that punditry isn’t very accurate, while analysis of facts is better, he rubbed […]

Book idea: History of knowledge transfer

by Ken Arnold on Wed 20 February 2013

This thing with Indian and Arabic math/astro makes me think it would be interest to read (write?) a book following that information flow. Generally speaking, we in the west have historically thought of science as starting in Classical Greece, with information from previous civilization’s math/astro (e.g., from Babylonian civilization), then after some Roman engineering stuff, […]

Indian mathematics: Aryabhata

by Ken Arnold on Wed 20 February 2013

Today’s google doodle is on Copernicus, who is credited with first proposing that the Earth moves around the Sun. Someone commenting on this claimed that Aryabhata had come up with the idea long before in India. I know that India had advanced math and astronomy for its time, and was the place where many advances were […]