On the morning of August 2, 1927, a young electrical engineer named Harold Black was riding the Lakawanna Ferry across the Hudson River on his way to work in Manhattan, where he was employed by Bell Laboratories. Black was pondering an important problem that he had wrestled with for several years without making any progress. [...]Read the rest of this entry »
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Here is the familiar image of King Kong atop the Empire State Building. There’s something profoundly incorrect in how he is depicted, a problem that is shared with almost all giant creatures in the movies, be they flies, dragons, or humans. The problem involves some math, which is why I’m discussing it here.
Before I can [...]Read the rest of this entry »