Category Archives: Nitpicker’s Paradiso

Uncertain on Uncertainty

Over at BBC News, there is an article about a recently published paper (arXiv) by Lee Rozema et al. that could lead to some, ehm, uncertainty about the status of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle (HUP). Before dissecting the BBC article, let’s look at the paper … Continue reading

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Hardness of NP

In computer science, NP-hard problems are widely believed to be intractable, not because they have been proved so, but on the empirical evidence of no one having found a fast algorithm for any of them in over half a century … Continue reading

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What are the odds?

Let’s multiply together a bunch of numbers which are less than one and see how small they get! If that sounds like fun, then you’ll love this sleek new infographic (of which the above is just the teaser) posted this morning at … Continue reading

Posted in Extralusionary Intelligence, Mathematics Basterdizations, Nitpicker's Paradiso, Off The Deep End | 15 Comments

Look Ma, I'm a Financial Journalist!

In this Saturday’s New York Times, in an article titled The Chasm Between Consumers and the Fed, I found the most amazing chart: Of course I am not a financial journalist, so I have absolutely no understanding of the gigantic … Continue reading

Posted in $$$, Extralusionary Intelligence, Funny Ha Ha, Nitpicker's Paradiso, Off The Deep End | 5 Comments

A What Bit?

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Posted in Nitpicker's Paradiso, Off The Deep End, Quantum Computing, Quantum Computing Bastardizations | 3 Comments

A Curmudgeon's and Improv's Guide to Outliers: Chapter 2

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Posted in Go Ahead, Waste Your Time, Nitpicker's Paradiso, Off The Deep End, Read You Tweed, Self: Meet Center. Center: Meet Self., Society | 9 Comments

A Curmudgeon's and Improv's Guide to Outliers: Chapter 1

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Posted in Extralusionary Intelligence, Nitpicker's Paradiso, Off The Deep End, Read You Tweed, Society, Sports | 13 Comments

Nitpicker's Paradiso: We Don't Need no Stinking Scientists and Engineers Edition

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Posted in Education, Nitpicker's Paradiso | 29 Comments

Nitpicker's Paradiso: Paul Davies Anthropic Edition

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Posted in Nitpicker's Paradiso, Physics | 19 Comments