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Mrs. Perkins's Electric Quilt by Paul J. Nahin

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Nearest Neighbors

Two cannibals are eating a badly cooked clown when one of them turns to theother, afrownonhis face, and asks, “Does this taste just a little bit funny to you?”

— Tasteless joke told by a mathematician to a physicist friend, after being driven slightly goofy by spending fifty fruitless years trying to calculate ξ(3)

16.1 Cannibals Can Be Fun!

Well, with an opening like the one above you may be wondering if your author has himself been driven around the bend with all the random walks and MATLAB coding we’ve been doing. Actually, there is one more random walk I want to show you, with a totally unexpected application to physics, ...

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