The Plastic Brain

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I feel bad.

The is an amazing machine. I can say I really liked some bits, but overall it was a bit of a let down….

Gotta respect the hours, dedication and sheer scale of their vision though.

jtotheizzoe:

The Word’s Most Complicated Rube Goldberg Machine tells the story of civilization, from beginning to end.

This took 3,500 hours to make. That’s half a year, straight.

Mind = blown.

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YBC 7289 is a small clay disc containing a rough sketch of a square and its diagonals. Across one of the diagonals is scrawled 1,24,51,10 — a sexagesimal number that corresponds to the decimal number 1.4142129, an approximation of the square root of 2. Below is the answer to the problem of calculating the diagonal of a square whose sides are 0.5 units. This bears on the issue of whether the Babylonians had discovered Pythagoras’s theorem some 1,300 years before Pythagoras did.

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