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What is e exp (-i π) ?

I posted a long answer on Quora.com where it sort of didn’t do so well. Answers given by others were much shorter but lacked geometric insights. After two days my answer was the most read but least upvoted. It did receive a few positive replies, though.
I can’t help but believe that there must be nerds in cyberspace who might enjoy my answer. Why not post it on my blog? Maybe someday one of my grandkids will get interested in math and read it. Who knows? Continue reading

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Is it possible for humans to tell the truth always; to never lie? Psychologists say it is not possible; most reasonably informed people agree. It’s a trait that can distinguish humans from some forms of artificial intelligence, which engineers at Google and other companies are working furiously to bring on-line.

People’s ideas—their belief systems—are inconsistent, incomplete, and almost always driven by logically-unreliable, emotionally-laden content, which is grounded in their particular life experiences and even trauma. Does anyone disagree? Continue reading

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Microwave Coffee

My wife and I are coffee drinkers. Beverly Mae used to drink a dozen cups of fully caffeinated coffee everyday. By her third cup she could boogie with the best of them. Continue reading

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What is Math?

Many people think mathematics is something special—a kind of magic language that, when tinkered with properly, makes it possible for mortals to stumble upon answers to all kinds of mysteries about the Universe hitherto known only to God. I see it somewhat differently.
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