Monthly Archives: October 2012

Book Review: The Signal and the Noise

The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail–But Some Don’t by Nate Silver Nate Silver runs the FiveThirtyEight website which forecasts American election results, and the (admittedly so far limited) successful track record has shown him to be … Continue reading

Posted in Mathematics, Rationality, Reviews, Science (general), Technology

Book Review: The Logician and the Engineer

The Logician and the Engineer: How George Boole and Claude Shannon Created the Information Age by Paul J. Nahin How well does the mythical average person on the street know about the great scientists and engineers of the past? The … Continue reading

Posted in Electronics, Logic, Mathematics, Physics, Reviews, Technology

Mental Arithmetic: Multiplying a two-digit number by 11

This problem seems like it has limited utility, but that’s fine. We’ll just learn some mental math tricks one at a time and then when they happen to occur, it feels all the more boss that you have a secret … Continue reading

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