A 400-year-old math problem has finally been solved

In case you need a break from some of the gloom and doom in the news today, TheBlaze has a very interesting story about a 400-year-old math problem that has finally been solved. Have you ever been in a grocery store and wondered what the most efficient way to stack round objects is? Well, now we have a definitive answer.

“A critical 400-year-old -math problem has finally been solved,” Pat joked on radio this morning. “Maybe.”

Way back in 1611, Johannes Kepler hypothesized a pyramid arrangement would be the best way to stack a collection of round objects. While the concept quickly became common practice, Kepler was never able to mathematically prove his theory.

Four centuries later, we now have proof.

According to New Scientist, a computer program that was more than a decade in the making has proven Kepler’s theory with 100% certainty. University of Pittsburgh mathematician Thomas Hales is the man who corroborated the claims.

But even Hale struggled through some 15 years of searching before he could prove the answer to this long unproven question. New Scientist reports:

Hales first presented a proof that Kepler's intuition was correct in 1998… But the proof was a 300-page monster that took 12 reviewers four years to check for errors. Even when it was published in the journal Annals of Mathematics in 2005, the reviewers could say only that they were "99 per cent certain" the proof was correct.

So in 2003, Hales started the Flyspeck project, an effort to vindicate his proof through formal verification. His team used two formal proof software assistants called Isabelle and HOL Light, both of which are built on a small kernel of logic that has been intensely scrutinised for any errors – this provides a foundation which ensures the computer can check any series of logical statements to confirm they are true.

On Sunday, the Flyspeck team announced they had finally translated the dense mathematics of Hale's proof into computerised form, and verified that it is indeed correct.

“So really, honestly, it was the pile versus the pyramid and they couldn't figure out why,” Glenn asked on radio this morning. “They know [for certain] about global warming… [but it] took 400 years to figure out how to stack oranges?”

After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

Watch this clip to see the heated exchange:

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One of the most dangerous existential threats to the United States is Critical Race Theory, or CRT. As Glenn Beck has exposed over the past year, CRT is gaining momentum and has been preached in our universities for a while now.

Then last August, leaked documents revealed that Marxism, activist ideology of Black Lives Matter, is making its way into grade school classrooms across the country. And since then, things have only gotten more intense.

On next week's Wednesday night special, Glenn will expose the new ways progressives are systematically indoctrinating our kids and culture with this dangerous ideology. But first, it's crucial that you know what your kids may already be learning.

"What I'm about to show you is just the beginning," Glenn said, introducing the leaked documents.

"I found it shocking that Black Lives Matter supporters have developed lesson plans that start from preschool all the way up to the 12th grade," he continued. "Do you know the money it would take to tailor things ... and get it out to the schools and the unions for each age, to be able to brainwash the kids on Marxism and how to destroy capitalism by using race, sexual orientation, and gender?

"Our children don't stand a chance," Glenn added later. "They're not being taught anything except how to be radical activists. What the hell has happened?"

Watch the video clip below or find the full episode here.


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