## The History of Factorials: Kramp

In an earlier post, I argued that the definition of factorial ($$n!$$) is the number of ways that a number of n distinct objects can be arranged. I have recentl...

## Infinity and String Theory

There’s a Numberphile video that’s hurting people’s brains. It claims to prove (several ways, including in a companion video) that \[\sum_{n=1...

## January 8

A day late, but not quite a dollar short: That was the story of his life, it seemed. Running behind but still somehow managing to eke out just enough to be cons...

## January 7

There was a little girl who thought she’d challenge the world to change, to become the way she wanted it to be. She had grown tired of the angry way it ha...

## January 6

once, when i was glass and the morning sun was still high in the sky i could see the rainbows shimmering through my skin the road was long in front of me but i ...

## January 5

On the fifth day at sea, I was set adrift in a rowboat and left to my own devices. In the boat, I had an oar, rations for three days, and an umbrella. There was...

## January 4

There is solace in silence Quiet that seeps in from the shadows Sleek as a cat, padding softly across tiles There is solace in silence Snowflake settling on aut...

## January 3

You were the Buddha. That’s what you’d told us when you’d gone to China and the children had gathered around you, this towering behemoth of a ...

## January 2

There is a paper wasp nest dangling from a tree on our easement, high above the street. It is easily the size of a human head, even desiccated as it is from win...

## January 1

At some point, walking along the snow-flocked train tracks in the winter evening’s half-light, I became aware. By this I mean: All that I was was now. I h...