Author Topic: Random Collection of Information  (Read 29340 times)

pianorain

  • Anti-Poster
  • Jackass III
  • Posts: 184
  • Karma: +10/-0
Wikipedia Page o' the Day.
« Reply #30 on: September 14, 2005, 01:20:48 PM »
Gregory Chaitin and his Omega number.
[post=3832]axon[/post]: I hate it when people copy my originality :p

7smurfs

  • Jackass III
  • Posts: 156
  • Karma: +12/-0
Wikipedia Page o' the Day.
« Reply #31 on: September 17, 2005, 08:22:31 AM »

ygfperson

  • Founders
  • Posts: 641
  • Karma: +10/-1
    • Last.fm
Wikipedia Page o' the Day.
« Reply #32 on: September 21, 2005, 08:06:48 PM »

ygfperson

  • Founders
  • Posts: 641
  • Karma: +10/-1
    • Last.fm
Wikipedia Page o' the Day.
« Reply #33 on: September 29, 2005, 02:55:30 PM »

ygfperson

  • Founders
  • Posts: 641
  • Karma: +10/-1
    • Last.fm
Wikipedia Page o' the Day.
« Reply #34 on: October 04, 2005, 05:19:29 PM »
::cricket::... ::cricket::...
Grue

ygfperson

  • Founders
  • Posts: 641
  • Karma: +10/-1
    • Last.fm
Wikipedia Page o' the Day.
« Reply #35 on: October 06, 2005, 11:21:17 PM »

pianorain

  • Anti-Poster
  • Jackass III
  • Posts: 184
  • Karma: +10/-0
Wikipedia Page o' the Day.
« Reply #36 on: October 07, 2005, 10:12:02 AM »
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dedekind_cut

I'm always amazed at how much math you can learn from wikipedia.
[post=3832]axon[/post]: I hate it when people copy my originality :p

Mike

  • Ass Wipe
  • Posts: 12067
  • Karma: +168/-32
  • Ex Asshole - a better and more caring person.
Wikipedia Page o' the Day.
« Reply #37 on: October 07, 2005, 10:15:03 AM »

7smurfs

  • Jackass III
  • Posts: 156
  • Karma: +12/-0

ethic

  • Flat Earther
  • Jackass VII
  • Posts: 12567
  • Karma: +110/-141
    • Orphan Fish
Wikipedia Page o' the Day.
« Reply #39 on: October 11, 2005, 04:58:26 PM »
I watch you...
:rad: :rad:

ober

  • Ashton Shagger
  • Ass Wipe
  • Posts: 14370
  • Karma: +72/-789
  • mini-ober is taking over
    • Windy Hill Web Solutions
Wikipedia Page o' the Day.
« Reply #40 on: October 13, 2005, 12:56:37 PM »

ygfperson

  • Founders
  • Posts: 641
  • Karma: +10/-1
    • Last.fm
Wikipedia Page o' the Day.
« Reply #41 on: October 15, 2005, 05:22:27 PM »
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aluminum

Quote
In 1808, Humphry Davy originally proposed the name alumium while trying to isolate the new metal electrolytically from the mineral alumina. In 1812 he changed the name to aluminum to match its Latin root. The same year, an anonymous contributor to the Quarterly Review, a British political-literary journal, objected to aluminum, and proposed the name aluminium.

    "Aluminium, for so we shall take the liberty of writing the word, in preference to aluminum, which has a less classical sound. (Q. Review VIII. 72, 1812. Cited in OED.)"

This had the advantage of conforming to the -ium suffix precedent set by other newly discovered elements of the period: potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, and strontium (all of which Davy had isolated himself). Nevertheless, -um spellings for elements were not unknown at the time: platinum, which had been known to Europeans since the 16th century, molybdenum, which was discovered in 1778, and tantalum, which was discovered in 1802, all have spellings ending in -um. For the thirty years following its discovery, both the -um and -ium endings were used interchangeably in the scientific literature.

Curiously, the United States adopted the -ium for most of the 19th century with aluminium appearing in Webster's Dictionary of 1828. However Charles Martin Hall selected the -um spelling in an advertising handbill for his new efficient electrolytic method for the production of aluminium, four years after he had patented the process in 1888. Although this spelling may have been an accident, Hall's domination of production of the metal ensured that the spelling aluminum became the standard in North America, even though the Webster Unabridged Dictionary of 1913 continued to use the -ium version.

In 1926, the American Chemical Society officially decided to use aluminum in its publications, and American dictionaries typically label the spelling aluminium as a British variant.

A Bit of Fruit

  • loves threads ALL ABOUT HIM!!
  • Jackass V
  • Posts: 1389
  • Karma: +111/-55
  • Frontier Psychiatrist
Wikipedia Page o' the Day.
« Reply #42 on: October 16, 2005, 10:54:04 PM »
i have a stationary fetish

RobR

  • New improved. Now with added something...
  • Jackass In Charge
  • Posts: 6573
  • Karma: +86/-149
Wikipedia Page o' the Day.
« Reply #43 on: October 18, 2005, 11:34:53 AM »

Mike

  • Ass Wipe
  • Posts: 12067
  • Karma: +168/-32
  • Ex Asshole - a better and more caring person.
Wikipedia Page o' the Day.
« Reply #44 on: October 19, 2005, 09:09:10 AM »