Wikipedia articles of interest

1. Laplace transform. (another thing to add to the ‘this is some of the stuff students of economics like me work with’)

2. Squaring the circle. If you want to know a lot of stuff about ancient greek mathematicians, just go to the bottom of that article and start clicking the links.

3. Tower of London. Today’s featured article. I’m surprised a featured article like this contains a section about ghosts. That part reads a bit too much like a tourist-brochure to my taste. Then again, surely a lot of good stuff in there, though I haven’t yet read much of it.

4. Forensic entomology. “Forensic entomology is the application and study of insect and other arthropod biology to criminal matters.”

(I had no idea such a field even existed!)

5. Banks Island. Almost twice as big as Denmark. I’d never even heard of it. Far more than half of the world’s population of muskoxen lives there, and it’s home to two thirds of the world’s population of lesser snow geese. The island is treeless and had a total population of 114 in 2001. It’s not a very hospitable territory for humans:

The ship above, HMS Investigator, was abandoned in 1853 after it was trapped in the ice. It was not found again until July this year.


September 29, 2010 - Posted by | Geography, History, Mathematics, Wikipedia

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