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Isaac Newton; modern cosmology; Hypatia of Alexandria; Borges; Bulgakov; history of the Jewish calendar

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January 2013 - August 2013

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В этом очерке я утверждаю, что главный «ябедник и поганец» в романе «Мастер и Маргарита», Алоизий Могарыч, это Казимир Добраницкий, журналист-партиец, буквально ворвавшийся в жизнь Михаила Булгакова в 1937 г и так же быстро из нее исчезнувший.
In this essay, I posit that Aloisy Mogarych, the most notorious snitch in the novel The Master and Marga...

In this essay, I posit that the two protagonists of Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master & Margarita are playwright Nikolai Erdman and actress Angelina Stepanova. A recently published collection of letters between the two provides overwhelmingly strong evidence for the claim. This discovery helps to identify a number of other characters and several locati...

In an earlier paper I suggested that the murder of the Alexandrian philosopher Hypatia by a clique of Bishop Cyril’s zealots resulted from her involvement in the conflict between the Roman and Alexandrian Churches regarding the date of Easter in the year 417. The murder would have been committed in March 416 after she had performed controversial as...

The story of the encounter of Alexander Macedon with the Jewish nation, reported by Josephus and the Babylonian Talmud, was a favorite topic of many generations of Judaica scholars but fell in complete disrepute in the last century due to several inconsistencies. To account for some of them, Solomon Zeitlin (1924) suggested that the Greek king of t...

Recently much attention has been paid to the discovery of Hubble's law: the
linear relation between the rate of recession of the distant galaxies and
distance to them. Though we now mention several names associated with this law
instead of one, the motivation of each remains somewhat obscure. As it is turns
out, two major contributors arrived at th...

Ninety years ago, in 1922, Alexander Friedman (1888-1925) demonstrated for
the first time that the General Relativity equations admit non-static solutions
and thus the Universe may expand, contract, collapse, and even be born. The
fundamental equations he derived still provide the basis for the current
cosmological theories of the Big Bang and the...

From the extant statistical data, the paper reconstructs several episodes in the history of the Royal Mint during Isaac Newton's tenure. We discuss four types of uncertainty that are embedded in the production of coins, extending Stephen Stigler's work in several directions. The jury verdicts in trials of the pyx for 1696–1727 allow judgement on th...

Friedmann, who died young in 1925, deserves to be called the father of Big Bangcosmology. But his seminal contributions have been widely misrepresented and undervalued.

Algorithms of computation of the Greatest Common Divisor (GCD) of two integers play a principal role in all computational systems dealing with rational arithmetic. The simplest one (Euclidean) is not the best for large numbers (see D. E. Knuth's book "The Art of Computer Programming" for details).
One improvement was suggested by D. H. Lehmer in 19...

Ari Belenkiy examines the murder of Hypatia of Alexandria, wondering whether problems with astronomical observations and the date of Easter led to her becoming a casualty of fifth-century political intrigue.

In this paper, we analyze the fact discovered by Otto Neugebauer in a 1949 paper explaining why the mean lunisolar conjunction set by Maimonides in his Code of Jewish Law, Mishneh Torah, differs from the molad (Jewish calendar conjunction) by 1 hour and 17 minutes. We also address Neugebauer's fundamental question of whether the molad i} a mean con...

In 1700, Newton, in designing a new universal calendar contained in the manuscripts known as Yahuda MS 24 from Jewish National and University Library at Jerusalem and analyzed in our recent article in Notes & Records Royal Society (59 (3), Sept 2005, pp. 223-54), attempted to compute the length of the tropical year using the ancient equinox observa...

It is known that Sir Isaac Newton suggested a date for the Passion of Christ in the posthumously published "Observations upon the Prophecies of Daniel and the Apocalypse of St. John" (1733). What was not known is that the first attempts to find that date were made during the early period of his life. The Jewish National and University Library in Je...

We consider the EPR experiment in the energy-based stochastic reduction framework. A gedanken set up is constructed to model the interaction of the particles with the measurement devices. The evolution of particles' density matrix is analytically derived. We compute the dependence of the disentanglement rate on the parameters of the model, and stud...

Among the Newtonian manuscripts, owned by the Jewish National and University Library at Jerusalem and known as MS Yahuda 24, there is a proposal for the reform of the Julian and Ecclesiastical calendars, written in three drafts in early 1700. This was Newton's response to the challenge suggested by Continental mathematicians and astronomers, G.W. L...

We show that the method of stochastic reduction of linear superpositions can be applied to the process of disentanglement for the spin-0 state of two spin-1/2 particles. We describe the geometry of this process in the framework of the complex projective space

The dialectics of a triad—the author, his creation, and the surrounding reality—is the focus of this essay, which aims to
discover how much of his soul Mikhail Bulgakov put into his famous opus, Master and Margarita. The author's mind becomes a bifurcation point between his work and reality, a kind of Borgesian Aleph, where causality might change d...

Having been asked in February 1700 by The Royal Society to respond to G. W. Leibniz's letter from Hanover about the decision of the German states to accept a so-called 'improved calendar', Isaac Newton, then Master of the Mint, developed a proposal for the reform of the Julian and Ecclesiastical calendars that was later found among his unpublished...

Each market has its singular characteristics. Its inner structure is directly responsible for the observed distributions of returns though this fact is widely overlooked. Presence of a specialist leads to doubling the tails. Price dynamics of a market where market-makers have mutual obligations (or friendship) is different from one without them.
Af...

We discuss a mass change that has its origin in the action of forces on an object. This phenomenon, well-known in the context of quantum field theory (mass renormalization), can be discussed systematically in both classical and quantum mechanics in a framework given by Stckelberg. We employ this framework to resolve an interesting conflict of opini...

From the 2nd century AD the coincidence of Passover and Easter was recognized as a problem for the Christian church by the church authorities, and in the 4th century, after Christianity became the Roman state religion, Roman authorities took steps to prevent Passover and Easter coinciding. This effort was complicated by the growing separation betwe...

Each market has its singular characteristic. Its inner structure is directly responsible for the observed distributions of returns though this fact is widely overlooked. Big orders lead to doubling the tails. The behavior of a market maker with many or few ``friends'' who can reliably loan money or stock to him is quite different from the one witho...

Higher-order extrema with topological indices greater than unity are discussed. Explicit constructions are given for their wave functions, and simple geometric rules are presented for analysis of their topological indices. Experimental means for verifying the theory with use of Gaussian laser beams are considered, unusual properties of optical vort...

Analysis of the medieval Jewish texts related to astronomy is given and
three different Jewish accounts of Creation are turned into strict
astronomical statements about relative positions of the equinoxes and
the Apse line. An important hint comes from the solution of a
mathematical problem related to the Earth's orbital motion: from the
known leng...

## Questions

Question (1)

Please look in the link below, bottom of p. 8, where W is specified in several ways, not necessarily distributed normally.