Conning StarCon and Cartesian Dualism

Ever since being presented with the opportunity to cheat on the StarCon Aptitude Test by copying the answers of a fellow cadet with a remarkably large “brain pan”, I have been curious about the relationship of brain size and intelligence. The traditionally assumed positive correlation has apparently stood the test of time: a major recent […]

Frankenstein: Origins

An Account of some Experiments made on the Body of a Criminal immediately after Execution, with Physiological and Practical Observations. By Andrew Ure, M.D.M.G.S. Read at the Glasgow Literary Society, Dec. 10, 1818 Convulsions accidentally observed in the limbs of dead frogs, originally suggested to Galvani, the study of certain phenomena, which from him have […]

Faulhaber’s Formula Of the Figurate Numbers

For Dr. Pinhas Grossman, recently promoted to Senior Lecturer at the School of Mathematics and Statistics of the University of New South Wales Several years ago, we noted the procedure given by the Tosafos to calculate the triangular numbers. I recently came across an analysis by the non-pareil Rav Eliyahu Kalatzkin of the Tosafos and […]