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Proclus and Math

Yesterday I received from Amazon the book of Terence Tao “Solving Mathematical Problems, a personal perspective”. In the preface I read the following interesting saying by the Greek Philosopher Proclus which I quote here: This therefore is Mathematics:  She reminds you of the invisible forms of the soul;  She gives life to her own discoveries; […]

Knots, Topology and DNA

Untying a knot can be hard. Alexander the Great knew that very well when he decided to cut the Gordian Knot. However, it is worth pointing out that despite his brute force algorithm to untie the knot there was a substantial amount of thinking behind it. Besides, that is why he is not just Alexander […]