Thanks for a fun story. When I saw the headline I wondered if it was the old hypotenuse theorem that would be the subject. Pythagoras was a philosopher as well as a mathematician--it was easy to be both in the ancient world--and he is also known for other ideas. But this theorem was the first thing about mathematics I learned that made math seem powerful and almost mysterious, and I never forgot the rule.
The first Tacoma Narrows Bridge was a Washington State suspension bridge that opened in 1940 and spanned the Tacoma Narrows strait of Puget Sound between Tacoma and the Kitsap Peninsula. It opened to traffic on July 1, 1940, and dramatically collapsed into Puget Sound on November 7, just four months after it opened.
Noting that we now live in an era of “confusion and ill-conceived stuff,” Ammunition design studio founder Robert Brunner, speaking at Gigaom Roadmap, said that by adding connectivity to everything and its mother, we aren't necessarily doing ourselves any favors, with many ‘things’ just fine in their unconnected state.
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