May 24, 2009 |
And now, some numbers for Maki Kaji, the man who helped invent Sudoku: 1984 -- year he created the puzzle, which was based on an American game called Numbers Place. 35 -- seconds it took for him to come up with the game's Japanese name ("su" means number; "doku" means single). 0 -- trademarks that Kaji secured before his game was reproduced around the world. "Some friends said, 'Maki, you should have trademarked Sudoku. You could have been a millionaire,' " Kaji told a crowd of about 50 during a recent appearance at the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival in Washington.
October 8, 2008 |
A Japanese American theorist whose work helped explain how the cosmos came into being and two Japanese theorists who predicted the existence of a family of exotic particles called quarks will share the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physics, the Swedish Nobel Foundation announced Tuesday. All three studied a curious but essential phenomenon known as broken symmetry, which helps to explain the behavior of matter on the smallest scale, where the everyday laws of physics seemingly break down or are ignored.
January 31, 2008
With the world's tiger population sagging to fewer than 7,000, now's the time to learn about and preserve this rare species of big cat. The Discovery Science Center provides children ages 3 to 17 with a hands-on, high-tech window into the world of the Bengal tiger at Tigers: Tracking a Legend, an exhibit blending biology, ecology and natural history to tell the story of a tiger family in India's Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve.
February 16, 2006 |
WHEN he designed his dream house, Rudolf Schindler was faced with a thorny problem. The house was to be not just for him and his wife but also for another family, the Chaces. The two couples wanted to live semi-communally, socializing and entertaining together while maintaining their privacy. There would be one garage and one kitchen, but everything else had to come in pairs: two fireplaces, two grassy patios, two open-air sleeping porches.
January 11, 2002 |
The great popularity of Morton Feldman's very slow, very minimal, very soft and exceedingly long late chamber works has been fueled by fine recordings that have been coming out during the last decade. One such recording is that of the trio "Crippled Symmetry" for flute, percussion and keyboards, released by members of the California EAR Unit in 1999. But hearing the score performed live by the EAR Unit Wednesday night at the Leo S.
January 11, 2002
Anyone who thinks that palindromists wander too far from the mainstream ("For 2002, a Word From Palindromists: Yay," Jan. 1) should keep in mind that the very first exchange within our species was delightfully symmetrical. He: "Madam, I'm Adam." She: "Eve." ROB CARROLL Lake Forest Let's change to the European date style, at least for February. Feb. 20 will be 20/02/2002. TIM MAHAR Manchester, TN