I take a few days vacation, and I see (via Scott Aaronson) and things promptly spin out of control. Now people are publicly dividing by zero. I shudder to think what would have happened if I’d been gone for a full week.

I take a few days vacation, and I see (via Scott Aaronson) and things promptly spin out of control. Now people are publicly dividing by zero. I shudder to think what would have happened if I’d been gone for a full week.

Appropo of solving important problems in mathematics, I see that Rudy Rucker’s new book

Mathematicians in Loveis (IMHO) his funniest sinceMaster of Space and Time.Thus, Rucker has solved the following important problem: the problem of holiday gift-giving for the young mathematicians in your life!If you’d been away for more than a week the reals would have become countable, 0.9 recurring would have become less than 1 and someone would have found a counterexample to Fermat’s Last Theorem.

Next time take a month’s vacation, then mathematics would become

reallyinteresting.I’m glad I got back when I did. I wouldn’t have wanted to miss out on Time Magazine naming me their Person of the Year.

What are you talking about? You must have received the wrong copy of Time because I assure you it was me who was named Person of the year.

Another imaginary number?