cat’s cradle

cat on hammock
I think he wants to be a ship’s cat when he grows up.
(Edit 14/4/2013: anyone looking for invisible cat hammocks won’t find them here. You might try physicscentral for a light-hearted look at the subject, or download the pdf on graphene from the Nobel Prize site)

noble winners

After yesterday’s “race day“, it seems only fair to spend a few moments thinking about winners. Specifically about Nobel prize winners. And, more specifically, about mathematicians who have won Nobel prizes. (Note that there is no Nobel prize for mathematics.)

Sundays newspaper (El Público) ran a story on Echegaray, who they rightly said sounds more like a street name than anything else. He was a mathematician, but he won the Nobel prize for literature.

echegaray clipping
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