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by majikthise
Wed May 16, 2012 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Actual (Association) Football Talk.
Replies: 1114
Views: 203816

Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

I was still hoping to see Holt in the squad... ah well!
by majikthise
Thu Nov 03, 2011 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Calling All Physics Nerds!!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 5624

Re: Calling All Physics Nerds!!!!

by majikthise
Sun Jul 24, 2011 11:59 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Your last and next concert?
Replies: 438
Views: 197411

Re: Your last and next concert?

Saw them last night (Norwich).

Mind=blown.
by majikthise
Sun May 08, 2011 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: The Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything
Replies: 13
Views: 2387

Re: The awnser to life the universe and everything (42)

Is the 7.5*10^6 figure from HHG2G directly, or just from the comic? I don't remember. It actually is sort of interesting if it's from the book, but if its first mention was in this comic, well... As this should be my particular area of expertise, it would be rude of me not to confirm that "sev...
by majikthise
Tue Apr 12, 2011 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Getting my undergrad in math. How about you?
Replies: 51
Views: 8122

Re: Getting my undergrad in math. How about you?

Age: 23
Education level: MMath- mostly Algebra(/Algebraic Topology) and Logic.
Currently: statistical modelling for a gigantic corporation. Wishing I was PhDing about cohomology instead.
by majikthise
Wed Feb 09, 2011 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Perfect Moments In Music
Replies: 396
Views: 195115

Re: Perfect Moments In Music

Probably been mentioned already but I'm not going to reread the thread- that bit (5:32) in Antennas To Heaven by GY!BE. Sure, the other tracks have highlights too but I always feel as if the whole album is building up to that exact point when it just explodes- pretty much the definition of payoff. I...
by majikthise
Wed Feb 09, 2011 7:59 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: The Tau Manifesto
Replies: 165
Views: 43564

Re: The Tau Manifesto

Hey, don't be pluralist-ist. Inconsistent theories are theories too!
by majikthise
Mon Feb 07, 2011 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Where do these numbers come from?
Replies: 4
Views: 928

Re: Where do these numbers come from?

I don't think you're going to have much luck. A quick check shows that whilst graphing "to next level" per level also gives a fairly smooth(ish) curve, graphing the difference of tnl between levels (basically the discrete equivalent of the second derivative of the series you posted) gives ...
by majikthise
Sat Feb 05, 2011 4:52 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Choose a Processor
Replies: 5
Views: 1354

Re: Choose a Processor

Definitely Intel. Also if you're prepared to overclock (and there's no reason not to), make sure you get a "K" chip.
by majikthise
Mon Jan 31, 2011 2:31 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: The Continuum Hypothesis: True, False or Neither?
Replies: 6
Views: 3596

Re: The Continuum Hypothesis: True, False or Neither?

The Continuum Hypothesis states that the cardinality of the real numbers (i.e. the cardinality of the set of all countable sets) is the smallest uncountable cardinal. Fix'd. Both universes (with and without CH) have interesting results to study, which you'd miss out on by only considering one optio...
by majikthise
Fri Jan 21, 2011 9:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: My deepest seated wish may come true!
Replies: 42
Views: 5318

Re: My deepest seated wish may come true!

At least they corrected the "second biggest star in the universe" line.
by majikthise
Tue Jan 04, 2011 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Radiothread
Replies: 265
Views: 76942

Re: Radiothread

*walks into thread*

Is there any coherent consensus on rumours for the next album's release date?
Google throws up a load of "ZOMG IT'S NEARLY READY!?!" articles from at least a year ago, any news since?
by majikthise
Thu Dec 16, 2010 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Very specific Risk question.
Replies: 11
Views: 1734

Re: Very specific Risk question.

Other people have done the maths, so I won't add anything there. However I agree that holding the line may not work in the long run- if you gave some ground in North America to the European player, how likely is it that the other three players will hold their pact until you're dead (if they wait tha...
by majikthise
Mon Dec 13, 2010 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Unpopular Musical Opinions
Replies: 1093
Views: 94619

Re: Unpopular Musical Opinions

I'm talking live shows, not live albums. I've never heard a live album I thought was better than the studio work, except maybe some Grateful Dead bootlegs. Yep, Grateful Dead are the canonical counter example! 08/05/77 Morning Dew vs 1967 album version? Early, blistering pace Eleven jams vs any oth...
by majikthise
Tue Dec 07, 2010 9:43 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Useless Math
Replies: 60
Views: 9787

Re: Useless Math

It would be completely awesome if that turned out to be wrong.
by majikthise
Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:15 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Replies: 1738
Views: 352453

Re: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy

You got my hopes up mentioning "Bristol Brewing Co", thought there was yet another local brewery to explore! It's definitely the best time of year for tasty beer though- three different local porters are on at the moment, yum yum yum. On Tuesday we're going on a Bristol Beer Factory brewer...
by majikthise
Fri Nov 26, 2010 9:30 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books about physics for a mathematician
Replies: 8
Views: 3507

Re: Books about physics for a mathematician

Definitely this.
by majikthise
Thu Sep 30, 2010 8:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: First possible habitable planet found
Replies: 109
Views: 9608

Re: First possible habitable planet found

Also- the larger the planet radius, the wider the strip of perpetual twilight (ie. habitable zone).
by majikthise
Sun Sep 26, 2010 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Writing math in class
Replies: 17
Views: 2691

Re: Writing math in class

Wait, are you talking about using a laptop to take notes during lectures? Bad idea. Otherwise, what he said ^^
by majikthise
Tue Aug 10, 2010 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Algebraic structures
Replies: 9
Views: 1073

Re: Algebraic structures

A "magma", if I recall correctly.
by majikthise
Tue Aug 10, 2010 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: P≠NP
Replies: 69
Views: 11798

Re: P≠NP

Thanks. I have a basic grounding in some of the concepts due to having taken various mathematical logic and set theory courses, hopefully that's enough!
by majikthise
Tue Aug 10, 2010 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: P≠NP
Replies: 69
Views: 11798

Re: P≠NP

[complexity n00b here] Whilst I understand the general method of proving such-and-such an NP problem to be NP-complete (by reduction from an already known NP-complete problem), there must have been a different method used for the first problem ever shown to be NP-complete (there being nothing to com...
by majikthise
Fri Jun 11, 2010 1:42 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 482874

Re: Favorite math jokes

So, two mathematicians were visiting the Vatican. The first said "I'm really interested in meeting the pope.". "Why?" said the second. "Well, the pope is the highest cardinal." he replied. "Impossible", the second refuted, "every pope has a successor&quo...
by majikthise
Wed Jun 09, 2010 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Hating on the statisticians
Replies: 72
Views: 9869

Re: Hating on the statisticians

I've not once met a mathematician who seriously hates the field of statistics/statisticians. Sure, loads of people hate doing statistics for various reasons (personally, I hate it because three years of algebra and set theory means I've forgotten all calculus apart from the predicate variety) and wo...
by majikthise
Wed Jun 09, 2010 1:48 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Hating on the statisticians
Replies: 72
Views: 9869

Re: Hating on the statisticians

That's a well known saying, and you're right in that it isn't really a criticism of statistics itself. However unlike most of the general population, pure mathematicians know this and so their dislike (if harmless poking fun can be called that) of stats is down to other reasons!
by majikthise
Sun May 30, 2010 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Cardinality of uncomputable numbers
Replies: 48
Views: 5935

Re: Cardinality of uncomputable numbers

Another interesting axiom is Martin's Axiom . It's independent of ZFC and can be considered weaker than CH, as it's implied by CH- this means adding it to ZFC along with CH adds nothing more than what we already get from adding CH on it's own. What's more interesting though is that it's also consist...
by majikthise
Fri May 28, 2010 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math discovered or invented?
Replies: 110
Views: 17228

Re: Math discovered or invented?

I'd really really like to able to justify being a mathematical Platonist- it seems so elegant, and suggests a portrayal of mathematicians as explorers toiling on a noble quest to discover hidden knowledge and other warm fuzzy stuff like that. I don't think that formalism is any less romantic. It ca...
by majikthise
Fri May 28, 2010 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math discovered or invented?
Replies: 110
Views: 17228

Re: Math discovered or invented?

I'd really really like to able to justify being a mathematical Platonist- it seems so elegant, and suggests a portrayal of mathematicians as explorers toiling on a noble quest to discover hidden knowledge and other warm fuzzy stuff like that. The alternative of picking and choosing which formal theo...
by majikthise
Wed May 26, 2010 2:38 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Godel's Incompletness Theorem
Replies: 9
Views: 1958

Re: Godel's Incompletness Theorem

Also, this thread has no more connection to the incompleteness theorem than to pretty much anything else (especially when it involves proof by contradiction).
by majikthise
Sun May 23, 2010 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Your First Job
Replies: 70
Views: 8190

Re: Your First Job

I worked for a year before Uni in an insurance company as part of the team which monitored how cheap our insurance was compared to the competition. Lots of it was dull and working for a financial corporation isn't really my idea of a fulfilling career, but there were upsides- lots of Excel wizardry ...
by majikthise
Thu May 20, 2010 1:59 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?
Replies: 7646
Views: 726078

Re: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?

Yes (but not Skippy- no sane person would buy peanut butter with added sugar).

Textbook currently being used as anything but a book (monitor stand, etc)?
by majikthise
Mon May 17, 2010 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What is this symbol?
Replies: 8
Views: 1460

Re: What is this symbol?

Yes, it represents the empty set (although it's more usually written Ø).
by majikthise
Tue May 11, 2010 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: UK election- GREAT SCOTT, IS THAT AN ELEPHANT?
Replies: 514
Views: 40499

Re: UK election- GREAT SCOTT, IS THAT AN ELEPHANT?

Well, there we go!
by majikthise
Sun May 09, 2010 4:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: UK Election Results
Replies: 58
Views: 7133

Re: UK Election Results

A quick post semi-defending the Greens: whilst I agree that their science policy leaves a lot to be desired, it's the only part of their manifesto I've read and had anything but minor niggles with- which is a lot more than I can say for any of the other parties. Also I've seen a fair amount of backl...
by majikthise
Fri May 07, 2010 1:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: British Election, take two
Replies: 68
Views: 7983

Re: British Election, take two

There was only ever the one exit poll, must've been a typo.
by majikthise
Thu May 06, 2010 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: UK election- GREAT SCOTT, IS THAT AN ELEPHANT?
Replies: 514
Views: 40499

Re: UK election- GREAT SCOTT, IS THAT AN ELEPHANT?

Voted first thing this morning, the first time (OK, so it was only my second time ever!) I felt enthuthiastic about doing so. Come on Norwich South... As far as I know the Channel 4 election program starts at 9, so I'll start off watching that to get my fix of Charlie Brooker (probably the best thin...
by majikthise
Thu May 06, 2010 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Proof by Contradiction
Replies: 25
Views: 2783

Re: Proof by Contradiction

Undergraduate degrees in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (Scotland is slightly different) last 3 years for a bachelors degree (BSc), or 4 years for an "undergraduate masters" (MSci/MMath/etc). Both are honours degrees (so you get either a 1st, 2:1, 2:2 or 3rd class). You can also, afte...
by majikthise
Mon May 03, 2010 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Top Colleges for Undergraduate Mathematics
Replies: 30
Views: 9067

Re: Top Colleges for Undergraduate Mathematics

(Disclaimer: I'm still only a 4th year undergrad student and based in the UK so don't take my word as gospel!) I think the most important thing to do is to first take all of the available undergrad courses which look interesting. As you said, universities vary so in some cases you might take every a...
by majikthise
Sat May 01, 2010 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Top Colleges for Undergraduate Mathematics
Replies: 30
Views: 9067

Re: Top Colleges for Undergraduate Mathematics

COWI (for Cambridge, Oxford, Warwick and Imperial) are generally considered the top 4, with Cambridge just out in front and the others basically level.
by majikthise
Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Proof by Contradiction
Replies: 25
Views: 2783

Re: Proof by Contradiction

A and B can be any statement. For example, A could be "x is a rational number", B could be "2x is a rational number". Then the statement "if you double a rational number you get another rational" is the same as "if A, then B". Can you now see how to choose A a...

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