HotAIR - Air Vents (Part 3 or 3)


AIR Vents (part 3 of 3)

Exhalations from our readers

NOTE: The opinions expressed here represent the opinions of the authors and do not necessarily represent the opinions of those who hold other opinions.

Count On Me

I have now spent years — literally years — counting the pictures of that little man Mel that appear in your letters column. Each new issue of AIR has one more picture of Mel than the previous issue had. I assume that the original Mel is no longer with us. If that is so, may I apply for the position of being the new, thoroughly modern Mel? I love having people see my picture

~ Dr. Sakaue Terezawa
~ Kobe, Japan

Likes Cake

I was delighted to observe that, after 114 years, the American Mathematical Society has achieved recognition! (“The Mystery of the Yellow Cake”, AIR 8:5.) I would like to clear up a misunderstanding (see Note 1 of the article): Carl G. Jokusch was not “communicating” the article to the editors of the AMS Proceedings; he was the accepting editor in the area of logic and foundations. And I would like to quibble about the appearance of Figure 2. The “obscure symbol” that looks rather like a windowpane should actually be square, not rectangular (and it’s square in the printed copy of the article). However, logicians are well known for using even more obscure symbols than other mathematicians do, so who’s to say that the symbol you show isn’t one that has a meaning different from the one in the copy I checked.

Anyhow, thanks for recognizing that mathematics is worthy of your attention.

~ Barbara Beeton
~ American Mathematical Society
~ Providence, RI

Further Adventures of Bombi?

I thoroughly enjoyed your special issue (AIR 6:5) about the book Bombi the Bombardier Beetle. I would never have encountered that strange and, though I hesitate to use the word in connection with that particular book I will use it anyway, wonderful book. I recently encountered evidence that Bombi may be doing far more things in far more places than you would suspect. Here is a photograph. I hope you will look into this matter more deeply.

~ Mariel Hernandez-Robbins
~ Barcelona, Spain

This HotAIR feature first appeared in AIR Volume 8 Issue 6. For a complete list of strangely fascinating featured articles elsewhere on this web site, see What's New.