Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

 
The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.


He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

 
Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at amazon, Barnes & Noble, all ebook vendors, or direct from the ebook publisher, ebookit.
 

Numberphile – The Most Powerful Dice

An evening pause: Hat tip Edward Thelen, who adds, “Probability can be counterintuitive.”

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2 comments

  • wayne

    Edward-
    you might like this as well:

    (Discuses the non-transitive nature of voting.)
    “Voting”
    Chapter 23 from “Networks, Crowds, and Markets: Reasoning about a highly connected World” -2010
    http://www.cs.cornell.edu/home/kleinber/networks-book/networks-book-ch23.pdf

    and….

    “Arrow’s Impossibility Theorem”
    from “A Difficulty in the Concept of Social Welfare” 1950

    “In short, the theorem states that no rank-order electoral system can be designed that always satisfies these three “fairness” criteria:
    –If every voter prefers alternative X over alternative Y, then the group prefers X over Y.
    –If every voter’s preference between X and Y remains unchanged, then the group’s preference between X and Y will also remain unchanged (even if voters’ preferences between other pairs like X and Z, Y and Z, or Z and W change).
    –There is no “dictator”: no single voter possesses the power to always determine the group’s preference

  • Ted

    I know there is something important here…. I just wish I could get my wife to balance the checkbook.

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