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11 Oct

Close encounters with an itinerant mathematician

Yes yes yes – I know that I have not been posting NEARLy enough for way too long and I fully intend to rectify that.

2013 started with a wonderful walk with a wonderful friend from school days – Steven Bradlow. As soon as we had established a system for avoiding confusing ourselves with the other (we referred to one another by our respective surnames) and I had convinced Bradlow not to talk about any obscure mathematical formulae, we set off.

A month ago I had seen evidence of a baby Klipspringer in the area and very soon after starting the walk this tiny Klipsringer baby popped-up just metres away from us and stood quiet calmly watching us. I love this photograph because the sea is visible in the background and most people don't ass

ociate Klipspringers with coastal regions.

An hour further along the trail we encountered this white necked raven who waited until we were a metre away from it before taking off.

Damn! I forgot to ask Steven Bradlow to help me with my ambition to derive a formula for calculating the freshness of a ball of elephant dung based on its core temperature, circumference and ambient temperature!! Perhaps next time


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