Monthly Archives: January 2011

Lottery repeats

This is partly a story about lotteries, and partly a story about how math puzzles get discussed in academia and the blogosphere.
Back in 2003, as part of my research for The Decline Effect, I looked for declines in all kinds of random-number generators, or what an earlier generation called ‘chance machines’. I found so many examples,

A recent news story about decline in politics

In the Dec 28, 2010 issue of the National Post newspaper, there was an article by Megan O’Toole about the shortening ’shelf life’ of Canadian provincial governments, and in particular the shortening reigns of individual premiers.
The story is available at:
National Post: The year in ideas: Shrinking tenures
Political scientists have noted this trend elsewhere as well,