Eikonal Blog

2010.01.19

Bruce Schneier superman meme

Filed under: fun, infosec, memetics — sandokan65 @ 01:08

Along the lines of Chuck Norris meme, the infosec world has its own cultural hero: Bruce Schneier

2010.01.14

Mental calculation of cube root of a six-digit number

Filed under: mathematics, mentalCalculations, mind & brain — Tags: , — sandokan65 @ 13:34

Source: posting by Ray Langley to MentalCalculation@yahoogroups.com (Wed, Jan 13, 2010 at 8:27 PM); subject: “[Mental Calculation] Cube Root Extraction Trick”

… Hand a calculator to a friend. Ask him to enter a two-digit number. Have him multiply his chosen number by his number, then multiply it again. Let’s say he chooses number 57.

 57 X 57 X 57 = 185, 193

To extract the cube root of this number we must first memorize
the cube roots for the single digits 1 thru 9:

1 = 1
2 = 8
3 = 27
4 = 64
5 = 125
6 = 216
7 = 343
8 = 512
9 = 729

Notice that :

  • 2 cubed ends in 8 and 8 cubed ends in 2,
  • 3 cubed ends in 7 and 7 cubed ends in 3,
  • 4 cubed ends in 4,
  • 5 cubed ends in 5,
  • 6 cubed ends in 6,
  • 9 cubed ends in 9.

To derive the cube root of our number (185, 193), we divide it into two sections at the “comma”.

  • The left section is 185 and the right section is 193. Now, we search for the first single digit cube that is NOT larger than 185. In this case, the number is 125, the cube of 5. So, 5 is the first part of our answer.
  • Now we examine the right part of our number (193). Since this
    part ends in a 3, we refer to the single digit, which cubed, ends in
    3. It is a 7. This becomes the right part of our solution.

So, the answer is 57.

This feat looks like it requires a great deal of mental ability, but it can be easily learned by anyone in a short time.


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2010.01.12

Three requirements for evolution

Filed under: evolution, memetics — Tags: — sandokan65 @ 13:21
  • 1) Variation between the individuals
  • 2) Selection pressure based on differences in survival
  • 3) Heritability of traits

Misquoted Darvin – another example of meme evolution

Filed under: memetics — sandokan65 @ 12:06

The Panda’sThumb blog (http://pandasthumb.org/) has an posting (http://pandasthumb.org/archives/2009/09/survival-of-the-1.html) on an quote that was mistakenly attributed to Darvin:
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.”

The posting is instructive showing how the initial adaptation of an evolutionary idea into the management realm got optimized over time by being shortened (i.e. made more verbose and up to the point) and then mis-attributed to the greater authority (i.e. to Darvin as semi-divine mythical authority).

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