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Anne Marie writes:

In 19th century novels, pertinent identifying details will be left out but represented by a blank, for example – “The militia was sent to the north in the county of ——–shire.”

Why is this?

First, thank you, thank you, thank you for asking a literature question I tend to get more science ones than anything else.  And that’s vaguely remembered from Jane Austen isn’t it?


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Onil asks:

Did Leibniz really steal the calculus from Newton?  Or was it simply two geniuses simultaneously reaching similar conclusions and their egos refusing to believe such a coincidence was possible?  And just how similar or different were their ideas?

Ooh Mathematics. Ok so let’s do a few introductions:


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