February 2008

A gentle introduction to Gödel’s theorem 2008-02-14

… as an annotation in issue #1845 of Irregular WebComic!.

As a fan of Hofstadter I recognize that this explanation work is truly a mastery of pedagogy. It introduces Gödel’s theorem and its impact smoothly and clearly, making it understandable to anyone with a basic understanding of science.

Instead of …

Death and identity 2008-02-11

In 1793, as it just overtook power in France, the new government decided to open the tombs of the French kings in Saint-Denis and throw a thousand years of history into a pit as a celebration of their victory.

In 2001, the Taliban destroyed the two gigantic Buddhas of Bamyan …