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Bob Berman's strange universe: You do the math

September 2005: When it comes to math, there are three kinds of people: those who hate it, those who love it, and those who don't understand it. Most of us fit in the last group.
When it comes to math, there are three kinds of people: those who hate it, those who love it, and those who don't understand it. Most of us fit in the last group.

That's odd, because professional astronomers, the genuine kind who are chronically broke, are totally into math. Backyard astronomers, on the other hand, rarely need it. They exclaim, "What's math got to do with anything, when I point my 8-inch scope at NGC 4565 using 120x?"

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