Introducing Nevaeh Kryslyn and Kolt Brody, or whatever…

Whence came the baby name obsession? (I don’t get to use words like “whence” that often, so just play along and nobody will get hurt.) Seriously: 13.2 million hits for “baby names” on Google? Even the Social Security Administration is getting in on the action. I’m pleased to know that part of my payroll taxes … Read More

So, about the title…

A heptadecagon is a 17-sided polygon. Back in 1796, Gauss gave a proof of the constructibility by straight-edge and compass of a regular (all sides equal, all internal angles equal) heptadecagon. He liked the proof so much that he asked to have one carved onto his tombstone. According to the story, the engraver, telling Gauss … Read More