Category Archives: History

Large Factor Tables And A Bizarre Application Of Mathematics To Warfare

Since Euclid prove that there is an infinite number of primes more than two millennia ago, a large number of mathematicians have been devising methods for finding large primes. Many have wasted obscene amounts of time in their search. Despite the development … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #11

Punning The Hon. Henry Erskine is as distinguished for that species of wit called punning, as George Selwyn was formerly in England. — “Punning is the lowest sort of wit,” said a gentleman to him one day; “It is so,” … Continue reading

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J. M. Barrie (1860-1937), the creator of Peter Pan, had been looking forward to meeting with the poet A. E. Housman (1859-1936). In December 1922, a meeting between the two was arranged in Trinity College, Cambridge. It turned out that it … Continue reading

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Rumors Of Deaths In Almanacs

Malicious posts about the death of somebody who is still alive constantly appear on the web these days. However, this is not a new phenomenon. Years before the advent of the Internet, people have been using almanacs and periodicals as media … Continue reading

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Not Fond Of Railways

The following is a canal stockholder’s argument in opposition to railways. This is from the July 24, 1830, issue of Western Sun [Vincennes, Ind.], quoted in American Spirit, Volume 1: To 1877 by Thomas Andrew Bailey and David M. Kennedy (1998):

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Darts As A Game Of Skill

Anyone who has played darts may know that it requires a high level of skill to get good scores consistently. If one is still not convinced that the game of darts does not involve skill, then watching a darts tournament … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s Premonition

Abraham Lincoln, prior to his assassination, told his wife Mary and some of his close friends about a strange dream. One of Lincoln’s friend and self-appointed bodyguard, Ward Hill Lamon, related in Recollections of Abraham Lincoln 1847-1865 (1895) what Lincoln … Continue reading

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