Daily Archives: October 3, 2012


They say that math and music are related in how they use the brain. Another way they are linked is that mathematicians and musicians get to name their work. “The Pythagorean Theory.” “The Sieve of Eratosthenes.” ” Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.” “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.”

On the other hand, for all their education and experience doctors get their fame by naming diseases, molds, fungi and other ucky things.

Occam’s razor is a theory that says that the hypothesis with the fewest assumptions (i.e. the simplest) is probably correct. On the other hand, Sherlock Holmes said that “when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” This is probably why no one ever wrote a series of detective stories with Occam as the hero.

It is a safe assumption that at a restaurant known for fine dining you will consume at least one whole stick of butter before the entre is complete.

If schools really want parents involved in their children’s education, why do they keep changing the way they teach math?

I don’t think I’ll let my kids watch the candidates’ debate – they might get new ideas on how to fight with one another.


Smithsonian magazine has an article in the latest issue about John Kennedy’s run for president. He credits “starting early;” That meant he started his campaign in January of the election year, not two years before. I miss those days.

Given inflation, why do we still say, “A penny for your thoughts,” and “If I had a nickel for every…”?

And, why do some Americans think it’s a good thing to copy the economic programs that have driven European countries to the brink of bankruptcy?