You might recall our previous discussions of fields. We eventually got as far as being able to define a complete, ordered field and show that the real numbers are an example of it. That was in a sense, a top-down approach. We started with a complicated set of axioms that define the behavior we want.…

Virtual Musical Advent Calendar, December 1 : God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

Of all the traditional Christmas carols, none has been more misunderstood than God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen. None has been the victim of such periodic shoddy scholarship; none has so had its original joyous and raucous intent replaced by such somber plodding.


We’re about to start Season Two of Babylon 5.  Kickoff post for the inaugural episode, “Points of Departure” will be up next Monday. If anyone wants to lay claim to the following episode, “Revelations”, fire me off an email at pat AT isomorphism dot net.