I've got to dash; Tam had frozen door latches on her car this morning, which a Georgia-raised belle finds a lot more distressing than does a stolid Hoosier country gal. I'm likely to find the same on my car, though, and it does purely annoy to have to hold the car door shut for most of my commute. That's one hand to steer, one for the gearshift and one for the door-- Hey! But one of the lesser skills my father taught (though not directly, only by example) was how to steer with a well-place knee and why that was a darned bad idea.
That's all by way of explain why I'm leaving you with a link to Fermat's Last Theorem instead my usual deep, thought-provoking drivel. Fermat's Last Theorem is a cross between a Gilbert & Sullivan musical, MGM's The Wizard Of Oz and a romp though the broader history of mathematics and, indeed, philosophy -- no, wait, don't go 'way! It's got all manner of fun folk. Heck, even Blaise Pascal and ol' Freddie Nietzsche put in appearances. Naturally, Micheal Flynn found it first.
Typical scene: "Markas puzzles out a solution to this problem [their locomotive has broken] that shares several
features with the party’s last stroke of genius. They place Pascal on a
square-meter object to summon Newton.* Then they push a cart into Newton
at one meter per second; Newton, surprised, pushes back, transforming
him into James Watt (1 Watt = power required to push an object at 1 m/s
against opposition of one Newton). James Watt is able to fix the train,
allowing them to continue onward."
A-hem. Either you're chuckling by now, or you're wondering, What's all this, then? If the latter, please to be turning your geek card, and thank for playing!
* 1 Pascal = 1 Newton per square meter. QED. Also, LS/MFT.
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