A bunch of n wires have been labeled at one end with alphabetic codes A, B… The wire identification problem asks for an efficient procedure to mark the other end of the bunch with the corresponding labels. The wires run underground so you can’t track them individually and any wire is visibly indistinguishable from any other (except for the labeling). Continue reading
For the past several days, I’ve been working my way through Prof. N.G. de Bruijn’s book Asymptotic Methods in Analysis; and I want to share some of the fun I’ve had reading it.
This post is not a review or anything (here’s an image of the back cover with some reviews). Below are just fragments of what I’ve read so far and found fascinating. Continue reading
I was going through the first chapter of the book Graphical Enumeration by Frank Harary and Edgar M. Palmer when I chanced upon this perplexing footnote:
Read wrote Wright that both Read [R2] and Wright [W3] were wrong. So Read and Wright wrote a joint erratum [RW1] to set things right. This may be wrong since Wright asserts that Wright wrote Read first.