Irish famine - When the potato crop, attacked by a blight new
to Europe, failed for three years in a row, the subsistence farmers
of Ireland (at that time united with England) starved by the hundreds
of thousands. Although some initial efforts at aid were made,
proponents of laissez faire capitalism prevented the government
from interfering, either by feeding the people or by restricting
the landlords in any way. A quarter of the population died or
The politics of the Great Starvation
Darwinian principles, racism, and anti-Irish prejudice
Pictures and documents from the famine
Iterative process - A process for calculating a result by performing
a series of steps repeatedly, enabling a digital computer to obtain
an approximate solution, starting from a guess and repeating iterations
(or successive approximations, or cycles of the process) until
an answer of the desired accuracy is reached.
The Difference Dictionary was first published
in slightly different form in Science Fiction Eye, Issue #8.
Text copyright 1990, 1996, 2000, 2003,
by Eileen K. Gunn.