17 December, 2006

Nearest Book

Posted in Content-lite, Mathematics, Personal Ramblings at 6:44 am by Daran

This is entertaining.

The idea is that someone tags you. You then reach for the nearest book to you, turn to page 123, then write down the 5th, 6th, and 7th sentences from that page. (The instructions don’t say whether the last part of the sentence that wrapped from the previous page counts as the first sentence, but I assume it does not.) You then tag three other people.

Unfortunately nobody loveshas tagged me, so I have to masturbate on my ownplay withby myself:

What remains after k stages is a set Jk of intervals whose total length is

[Mathematical expression not easily renderable],

and this set includes S for every k. Since

[Mathematical expression not easily renderable] -> [Mathematical expression not easily renderable] = 0

when k -> ∞, the total length of Jk is small when k is large; and S is therefore null.

THEOREM 145. The set of points whose decimals, in any scale, miss any digit is null: almost all decimals contain all possible digits.

Where “->” is a “tends to” arrow. Italics and subscripts are as in the original.

From “An introduction to the theory of numbers” (Fifth edition) by G. H. Hardy and E. M. Wright.

If there are even three people who read this blog, consider yourselves tagged.

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6 Comments »

  1. Tom Nolan said,

    Well, I don’t have a blog, so I can’t be tagged in the intended way. But here’s the result in my case.

    Now once more, one might say, courage fits this face.

    But what fits what here?

    There is a related case (though perhaps it will not seem so) when, for example, we (Germans) are surprised that in French the predicative adjective agrees with the substantive in gender and when we explain it to ourselves by saying they mean: “the man is a good one”.

    From Wittgenstein’s “Philosophical Investigations”

    In case that sounds really high-falutin’, then know that the other book on the table by this laptop is: “Batman Adventures: The Lost Years”

  2. Jenny said,

    So Burley will give a male crest.

    She will attach a tall white cap of feathers to his head, turning him into Chef Bird-o-Dee.

    Or she’ll give him a tall red Cat-in-the-Hat cap.

  3. Daran said,

    So Burley will give a male crest.

    She will attach a tall white cap of feathers to his head, turning him into Chef Bird-o-Dee.

    Or she’ll give him a tall red Cat-in-the-Hat cap.

    From?

  4. Jenny said,

    Oh, sorry!
    Woman: An Intimate Geography
    by Natalie Angier

  5. Daran said,

    I’m baffled as to what the extract could be about.

  6. toysoldier said,

    And what about you Alphonse?

    Are you an adult?

    If I was an adult I wouldn’t think about getting my body back at the cost of committing a great sin.

    Full Metal Alchemist volume 10 – Arakawa Hiromu

    It was either that or Christ our Lord by Anne Rice.


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