User:Paul August

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Projects: Mathematics, List, PlanetMath Exchange, Dante, Classical Greece and Rome, Greece.

Mathematics: Current activity, List of mathematical topics, List of lists of mathematical topics, List of examples in general topology, Glossary of general topology.

How to: Help, Cite sources, Manual of Style, Style and How-to Directory, Wiki Markup, TeX, Utilities, Picture tutorial, Extended image syntax, Tables, Table help.

Policies and guidelines: Policies and guidelines, verifiability, Neutral point of view, No original research, Assume good faith, What Wikipedia is not, Banning policy, Three revert rule.

My: Sandbox, Bibliography, Images, Vacation msg, monobook.js.

Templates: in popular culture, refimprove

Other: Wikipedia:Replies to common objections, Funniest page on Wikipedia, Top editors, Kate's tool, Kate+, Diego, colors, Article edit history tool Edit counter Mythology IP editors, favorite edit summary, Wikipedia:Wiki Ed/University of Missouri/CL HUM 3250 Epic (Spring 2016)

Personal Info



Featured: Attalus I

Created: Aerope (daughter of Cepheus), Agastrophus, Acragas (mythology), Alcyoneus (disambiguation), Algebra of sets, Anaxilas (comic poet), Chaos (mythology), Gaius Terentius Varro, Camilla (mythology), Cocountable topology, Constant function, Crazy dice, Cut-point, Cycle (mathematics), Demetrius of Pharos, Diocles (mathematician), Dodone (mythology), Dynkin system, Electra (Oceanid), Eumenes I, Euripus Strait, Go Down, Moses, Gorge (mythology), Heraclea Minoa, Inductive set (axiom of infinity), Ionian League, Lamia (daughter of Poseidon), Lembus, Line segment, Maeander River, Melia (Oceanid), Meliae, Multiple edges, Mycale, Opus, Greece, Paean (disambiguation), Paeon (father of Agastrophus), Paeon (son of Antilochus), Paeon (prosody), Pandia (festival), Pandia (village), Pandion (hero), Panionium, Parmenides (dialogue), Periphas (Attic king), Philetaerus, Phocaea, Pivoting, Plouto, Plouto (Oceanid), Pointwise, Set system of finite character, Sigma additivity, Theophilus (Biblical), Tommaso Fazello, Totally disconnected space, Transposition (mathematics), Vibo Valentia

Rewritten: Aerope, Alcyoneus, Aleus, Althaemenes, Apemosyne, Caanthus, Catreus, Cerberus, Ceto (Oceanid), Crataeis, Echidna (mythology), Enceladus (mythology), Giants (Greek mythology), List of Oceanids, Melia (nymph), Mimas (Giant), Orthrus, Pallas (Giant), Pallas (Titan), Pandia, Pandion I, Pandion II, Plouto (mother of Tantalus), Polybotes, Porphyrion, Sanctuary of Pandion, Selene, Tethys, Typhon, Zagreus

Major edits: Absolute value, Complement (set theory), Dinocrates, Elea, Element (mathematics), Epigoni, First Macedonian War, Heraclea (Lucania), Integer, Quadratic equation, Proportionality, Set (mathematics), Theogony, Thucydides, Twelve Olympians, Zeno of Elea

User pages[edit]

To Do: /Melia (nymph)

Get (library books)


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Article Notes (/(Template)):

/Acragas (mythology) /Aether (mythology) /Aerope /Alcyoneus /Aleus /Cerberus /Chaos (mythology) /Cronus /Delphyne /Dodone (mythology) /Drakaina (mythology) /Echidna (mythology) /Electra (Oceanid) /Enceladus (mythology) /Giants (Greek mythology) /Graeae /Oceanids /Orthrus /Ladon /Melia (Oceanid) /Melia (nymph) /Meliae /Mimas (Giant) /Pallas (daughter of Triton) /Pallas (Giant) /Pallas (Titan) /Pandia /Pandia (festival) /Pandion (hero) /Phocaea /Plouto (mother of Tantalus) /Plouto (Oceanid) /Rhodos /Polybotes /Potomoi /Porphyrion /Selene /Tethys /Thaumas /Theogony /Twelve Olympians /Typhon /Zagreus

Under construction (user subpages):

Eumenes II, Aristonicus, Zeno's paradoxes, DGRBM, Aethiopia & Andromeda, Trojan War, Heraclea, Heraclea Pontica, Gaius Terentius Varro, Cytorus, Bio, William Jacob Baer, Nauplius, Nauplius: Sources, Telephus, Auge, Aganippe, Endymion, Endymion 2, Pandion I, Sanctuary of Pandion, Pandion II, King of Athens, Periphas, Ogyges, Altar of the Twelve Gods, Roman Agora.


Old To Do[edit]

Add to: Sanctuary of Pandion: Hurwit, [1]

Fix: Symmetric relation, Antisymmetric relation, Asymmetric relation, reflexive relation, Irreflexive relation, total relation, Trichotomy, Ordered ring, Ultrametric space, Physical constant (table, and notes), Mathematical constant (table), Theodosius I (succession box see talk), Empty function, Zeno of Elea (turn inline references into footnotes, make external links into References section), Algebra, Magnitude (mathematics) (merge with absolute value), Heraclea (disambiguate), set (image prob see subset), union (set theory) (image prob see subset), intersection (set theory) (image prob see subset), complement (set theory) (image prob see subset), Image:Sym complement.png (replace), Table of mathematical symbols ( ":=" entry, reorganize)

Expand/Rewrite: Image (add and organize properties - see PM), Restriction (mathematics) (and move to Restriction), Trichotomy (split into dab page and "law of trychotomy" page, also see PM article), Identity function (see PlanetMath "Identity map"), Achaeus (general), List of mathematical functions: and create category? First Macedonian War: expand intro (FAC?) Inverse function: add inverse morphism, Arsinoe II of Egypt, Camilla (mythology), Interval (mathematics), Neighbourhood (mathematics), Parmenides, Empedocles, Permutation, Binary relation add informal definition (as subset of X x Y), add definition of Domain and Codomain of a relation First-order predicate logic link to symbolic logic? (figure out why link was removed)


A cautionary tale[edit]

Wiki Creed[edit]


  • Lucan's take on some guy name of Caesar crossing the Rubicon to duke it out with a volcano -- maybe I have that wrong, but you'll need to read the book to find out. — Review of Lucan's Pharsalia found on
  • The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.James D. Nicoll
  • He thought he saw an argument / That proved he was the Pope: / He looked again and found it was / A Bar of Mottled Soap.Lewis Carroll, Sylvie and Bruno: "The Mad Gardener's Song".
  • Crossing a bare common / at twilight in February / under a cloudy sky / without any warning / I have enjoyed a perfect exhilaration / I am glad to the brink of fear. — This unattributed "quote", found posted on my office bulletine board, yellowed with age, in my handwriting, which as it happens, exactly describes my own crossing of a park in winter, when I was a romantic youth, is apparently an "improvement" by someone (me?) of a bit of prose from Ralph Waldo Emerson's, Nature: Chapter I.
  • IMHO the use of the word "troll" on Wikipedia, should be avoided. It is not well defined and not well understood, hence for the most part, it simply results in being used or understood as a generic insult like "asshole". (Paul August, 20:34, 29 January 2007 (UTC))
  • On Infoboxes:
    • A box promises to contain, and things that can't be neatly contained can't be put in boxes. A box suggests "this is the real deal," and if the real deal could be put in a box, then there would be no need for articles. A box says, "Here is your PowerPoint bullet point list, so you can find all the world reduced to a reductive summary; please do not strive to understand complexity, for that is for suckers." A box says, "Wikipedia is just like your primary school text book: full of colors and 'bites' of infotainment." A box says, "I, the box maker, have just pissed all over this article and written a counter-article, and it's short, so read it instead." A box may be found useful by some people, indeed. We call those people "non-readers." (Utgard Loki, 16:47, 28 March 2008 (UTC))
    • A box aggressively attracts the marginally literate eye with apparent promises to contain a reductive summary of information that can't be neatly contained. Like a bulleted list, or a timeline that substitutes for genuine history, it offers a competitive counter-article, stripped of nuance. As a substitute for accuracy and complexity a box trumps all discourse. (Wetman, 23:52, 8 April 2008 (UTC))
    • Here are some reasons why I disagree with including an infobox in this article: (1) The box emphasizes unimportant factoids stripped of context and lacking nuance, such as "Death Place", in competition with the WP:LEAD section which emphasizes and contextualizes the most important facts. (2) Since the most important points about the article are already discussed in the Lead, or adequately discussed in the body of the article, the box is redundant. (3) It takes up valuable space at the top of the article and hampers the layout and impact of the Lead. (4) Frequent errors creep into infoboxes, as updates are made to the articles but not reflected in the redundant info in the box, and they tend to draw more vandalism and fancruft than other parts of articles. (5) The infobox template creates a lot of code near the top of the edit screen that discourages new editors from editing the article. (6) It discourages readers from reading the article. (7) It distracts editors from focusing on the content of the article. Instead of improving the article, they spend time working on this repetitive feature and its coding and formatting. See also WP:DISINFOBOX. (Ssilvers, 18:33, 1 August 2016 (UTC))



For quality Paul may be crazed,
but in conflict is mostly unfazed—
and, too, pretty swell
for one who can't tell
his mug from his chocolate glazed!


After math is crazy Paul
This is known by us all

He may dream of Ancient Greece
But just numbers give him peace

Neither Caesar, neither Kate
Are too stong to change his fate

But don't worry, have some rum
And enjoy the year to come

Anonymous (New Year's eve 2006)