24.2.03

DEFIES PARODY 2+2=a social construction. No, that's not a lame attempt at a postmodernist joke. Read more by Joanne Jacobs, Number 2 Pencil, and Highered Intelligence. Does it really matter who figured out that the natural exponential function is its own derivative? It's a great gift to everybody who thinks it through. (As a corollary, that was Euler, in St. Petersburg. The visitor to St. Petersburg will still see Soviet-era murals of Mendeleyev's periodic table, also invented in St. Petersburg, on building walls. The Leningraders no doubt had great self-esteem to go with giardia and no sausage.)

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