Everthing You Know Is Wrong

Based on today’s Wikipedia featured article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/0.999…, I see where ‘0.999…’ is the new ‘1’. Considering myself as someone with at least slightly above average math skills, I would have argued against the idea. But after reading the ‘Fraction’ and ‘Algebra’ proofs provided in the article (they are simple and make sense) I have changed my mind. Was I asleep thru all those years of math, geometry, algebra, trig and calculus courses in high school and college to have missed this or did the rules change when I wasn’t paying attention?

Although it was caught and removed I noticed for a least a few minutes this morning someone slipped in and added “u r gay and ur mom is too” to the body of the article introduction. Was it an upset math nerd or just a prankster?

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About Marcus

Who me? Introverted, neurotic, self-absorbed, increasingly cynical observer of human nature and part time social critic in hiding. Most of my life spent avoiding growing up. The naive idealistic passions of youth have evolved into the eclectic eccentricities of adulthood. Northeast Florida small-town native, related to people I can't relate to. Simultaneously my own best friend and worst enemy. Politically and spiritually unaffiliated, my personal ideologies put me all over the map or off it completely.
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5 Responses to Everthing You Know Is Wrong

  1. Did you hear about this? http://www.citizendium.org/
    I’m kind of excited about it.

    • marcsuttle says:

      The idea of “gentle expert guidance” is interesting. I’ll bookmark and check it in the future.
      I really, REALLY like Wikipedia but every time I read the discussion tab on a given topic I’m usually turned off at all the acrimonious comments. I wonder if things were that hostile back in the day when the editors were coming up with the final version of the ‘World Book Encyclopedia’?

      • Oh, don’t get me wrong- wikipedia is indispensible to me. I just think there might be less of the ‘u r gay’ stuff on it.
        I do not think that level of hostility is normal; I think that people have a much more aggressive attitude when they’re anonymous than they normally would.

  2. I simply can’t know this, it’s hurting my brain.
    WHO DOES THIS? Who has the time and the wherewithal to break into a wikipedia article on math and, knowing they could now say anything, anything at all, choose “u r gay”?

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