Wedderburn pointed out the rustic frolicsomeness of finite division rings, ascertaining that every finite division is afield. keywords: [Mathematics] [Abstract Algebra] [punctuation matters]

# Day: July 14, 2020

# OBSERVATION (nibbling)

As is well-known, an empire is weakest at its boundary. (cf: W.C. Fields’ published rant against ‘nibblers’ – nibbling probably really being a case of the cat mewing and dog having its day)

# OBSERVATION (munitions of war)

Munitions of war can serve as a metaphor for the pervasive possibility of transcendence.

# joke proof that 0! = 1

(that zero factorial equals unity) By placing the space between the 0 and the ! on the left-hand side, we get 0 != 1, but ! before a relational symbol means the negation of the relation, and it is certainly true that 0 is not equal to 1. QED keywords: [Mathematics] [Number Theory]

# OBSERVATION (battle)

The silver lining of battle is its lack of sordidness. (cf: an anti-corruption operation conducted from a dingy warehouse (as in one of the episodes of ‘The Untouchables’) – one easily forgets the sordidness of the environment)

# concept: antonyms having the same acronym

(‘antonymous acronyms’) for example, LOS is the acronym of both ‘lack of sharpness’ and ‘lack of sordidness’ keywords: [Linguistics] [Language Arts] [wordplay]

# an explanation, by Austin Lowder, of why zero factorial equals unity

(that is, why 0! = 1) His explanation is given in a comment by him for the article by Merriam-Webster on ‘factorial’. Here is his explanation: Note that 5! = 6!/6, because 6!/6 = 1 x 2 x 3 x 4 x 5 x 6 / 6 = 1 x 2 x 3 x 4 … Continue reading an explanation, by Austin Lowder, of why zero factorial equals unity