It seems that nanobots might soon become a reality.
Australian creators hope their tiny motor – which is less than the width of three human hairs – will soon power medical nanorobots that can swim through tiny blood vessels into the brain.
I love this sort of stuff.
Last night the boyf and I watched a BBC documentary on the History of Maths, and how the many of the major advances in mathematics were actually made by the Chinese, Indians and Arabs. And remember that these are the same people who we in the west considered savages and uneducated. As more comes to light of the amazing discoveries that the Chinese, Indians and Arabs made, more credit is being given to them for their part in the history of mathematics.
I still think that the greatest discovery made by man is not penicillin, not the wheel – but the discovery of the number zero. The use of zero not only as a place holder, but as a proper number led to the great advances in mathematics that allowed modern civilisation to flourish.
The importance of the creation of the zero mark can never be exaggerated. This giving to airy nothing, not merely a local habitation and a name, a picture, a symbol, but helpful power, is the characteristic of the Hindu race from whence it sprang. It is like coining the Nirvana into dynamos. No single mathematical creation has been more potent for the general on-go of intelligence and power.
Dividing by zero…allows you to prove, mathematically, anything in the universe. You can prove that 1+1=42, and from there you can prove that J. Edgar Hoover is a space alien, that William Shakespeare came from Uzbekistan, or even that the sky is polka-dotted. (See appendix A for a proof that Winston Churchill was a carrot.)
As they say, there are 10 types of people in this world. Those who can count in binary and those who cannot.
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