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The Inverted Popularity of This Aspie’s Phobias and Philias, Part I: An Explanation

The image above contains three colors: white, black, and red. The words appear in red because I see it as a color denoting positive or negative intensity, and phobias and philias are both certainly intense. To “see red,” I have … Continue reading

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A Plea for Consistency in the Use of Numerical Prefixes

First, let’s face facts: the numerical prefixes currently in use, in English, are a horrible mess. Most of the ones used with polyhedra, for example, such as tetra- (4) and penta- (5), are derived from Greek. For polygons, however, a … Continue reading

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The Eleven Oddball Symbols on the Periodic Table of the Elements

Most symbols for elements on the periodic table are easy to learn, such as those for carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen:  C, O, and N. There are eleven “oddballs,” though, because their symbols originated in other languages (Latin, mostly), and do … Continue reading

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