[r-t] Yorkshire Surprise Minor, etc

Don Morrison dfm at ringing.org
Sun Mar 19 17:21:10 UTC 2017

On Sun, Mar 19, 2017 at 11:28 AM, Mark Davies <mark at snowtiger.net> wrote:
> I think you've pressed the x button instead of ^ on your calculator.

Oops. Not the x button in my calculator, but rather in my brain, but same
problem. Just even more embarrassing. Sorry about that.

So, limiting things to five words, that gives us enough names to keep us
going for a bit more than 10^24 years. Much more the sort of number I was
expecting. As I believe current thinking is that the universe is less then
10^8 years old, and that it will run out of the material with which to make
stars in about 10^14 years, running out of names does not seem to be a
problem in practice as well as in law.

Don Morrison <dfm at ringing.org>
"We are all, like Scheherazade, under sentences of death, and we
all think of our lives as narratives, with beginnings, middles,
and ends."   -- A S Byatt, "Narrate or die,"
                _New York Times Magazine_, 18 April 1999
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