Archive for March, 2010

Tanzania Wears Prada

Brand names.  Americans love them. Abercrombie and Fitch, Banana Republic, Columbia, GAP, Nike, Talbot, Birkenstock. Fashion is important in America, especially to younger people.  Social status is defined by the names on the tags of your clothing.  Consumers faithfully return to their favorite stores, spending a fortune on a pair of blue jeans.  Many even […]

Adventures in the 4th dimension.

“The perception of existence by human beings is entirely different from existence itself.” This is how Paul Humke, St. Olaf math professor and the American liaison for BSM, concluded his amazing colloquium lecture on the 4th-dimension today. Chalk in hand, he asked us to investigate the numbers behind higher dimension. We counted vertices, edges, faces, […]