Monday, February 19, 2018

Some surprising finding about prime numbers

I don't write here a lot about science or math, even though I am a theoretical (mathematical) physicist by training. But this is not really a science or mathematics blog. I thought of launching something like that many times now, but have decided against it. At this point, it would be just too much of a distraction from my business and other things in my life. I have been distracted too much over the last two years by things I really could not control, so to cut down on distraction I have to limit things I can control.

Still, I have been dabbling in mathematics for the past 3 years or so using Mathematica and PARI/GP for my mathematical explorations, focusing mainly on discrete mathematics and number theory.

That might have paid off. Perhaps even "bigly," but that's subjective.

Namely, I have recently uncovered something quite interesting in the distribution of prime numbers. Primes are a very fundamental class of numbers whose history of research spans over 2000 years and still attracts attention of the best mathematical minds.

I must say that I am still quite unsettled by this finding. It happened around February 4th. By February 11th, I had the first draft of a paper documenting it and now I am wondering what to do next. I am unsettled because what I have discovered, an anomaly of sorts (or bias), could have been discovered even 40-50 years ago by professional mathematicians with access to state of the art computing facilities and 20 years ago even by amateurs with the help of Mathematica, Maple, or a similar piece of software.

The fact that this effect has been overlooked makes me wonder if I am right. I think I am. The whole thing was rather simple to uncover, and perhaps the main reason it took so long for it to happen is because no one was really expecting it. The discovery was a bit accidental, as they sometimes are, but not entirely, because it was also driven by elementary curiosity helped by an attitude of not taking things for granted. Hence, an amateur may have had a better chance at it.

A paper on a similar thing (when it comes to the class of effects rather than their nature) made quite a splash when it was published recently in one of the most prestigious research journals. Its finding was hyped quite a bit as very surprising, though to me it was not that surprising at all. It still is not, but perhaps I have not looked at it carefully enough.

Well, we'll see. I should probably be more excited than I am. I was quite a bit when doing my research, but now the whole oomph  is gone and I have a few other things to keep me busy, some definitely unwanted, such as dealing with a psycho neighbor. Yes, psychos are still tougher to handle (and much less pleasant) than math. At least, for me.

I have lived in Hollywood for over 18 years now. Perhaps it's time to move out. I actually wanted to do this last year (and even earlier). The only thing that has really kept me in Southern California for so long is its great weather. But that's not enough in a grander scheme of things. If you take into account earthquakes and wildfires (and, occasionally, psychos), the place can be as dangerous as it is gorgeous.

Saturday, January 06, 2018

KING, a popular emini futures trading course, is now $1300

And that's not the last price hike this year.

I was keeping its price at $1200 for over a year as I was taking a bit of a break from running my business due to some reasons, mostly of personal or family nature, but I am back to a more regular mode, so expect some new developments coming this year.

Not all of them will be related to this popular e-mini futures day trading course whose 10th anniversary will be celebrated in the second half of 2018, but some certainly will.

Another, rather important development, that you can expect later this year, is the relaunch of the KING forum - more precisely, an e-mini futures trading forum that will be open to other e-mini futures traders (not only those using KING as their main trading methodology) or those interested in trading these financial instruments.

Also, NinjaTrader 8 indicators for KING will be released, most likely this month. They have really been ready for a year now, but somehow I have not managed to finish the whole thing off.

If you are a KING owner, you should receive an email from me this month, so stay tuned and keep checking my Twitter feed for more information about this and other things related to KING, trading, and e-mini futures trading, in particular.