Monday, February 04, 2002

Never Enough Mathematician Monks Department

My friend Rev. Superkate of turned me on to this essay, and it just blows me away. In summary: A medieval monk has now two distinct claims to fame in Western Civilisation: He wrote the poem that was turned by Carl Orff into "O Fortuna" (e.g. the main theme from *Excalibur*), and he began work in the 13th Century on probability theory that lead to approximations of Pi and the Mandelbrot set (e.g. a "fractal dragon").

Combine this with the descriptions of a monk's life, and MAN...! Party all night, spend all day coming up with weird mathematics 700 years ahead of its time. Sounds like a better gig than tech support, to be sure.


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