Just when I think I know a bit of math, I find a new unit of length or something and then I realize I will never know any math.

Just when I think I know a bit of math, I find a new unit of length or something and then I realize I will never know any math.

What do young geniuses read, anyway? I cannot resist a good math article, or a good computer science tidbit, or a good history of math article, and I seem to have found all three of them in one place, Alex Bellos’s blog, in (as of this reading) in two entries about Alan Turing’s reading and […]

I love it when people get caught out trying to snow others with fake math references. Now it’s the turn of Herman Cain. Finding out that [Herman] Cain was a math major gives me the same flush of embarrassment I get when I hear that a Jew did something bad. As for bamboozling people with […]

In mathematics you don’t understand things. You just get used to them. — John von Neumann via Mathematical Intuition—What Is It? « Gödel’s Lost Letter and P=NP.

In Hungary, winters can be long (so I’m assuming). Before television, intelligent Hungarians tried many different pastimes to make it through those dark days. One of these, János Bolyai, resorted to non-Euclidean geometry. Bolyai wasn’t warning his son off gambling, or poetry, or a poorly chosen love affair. He was trying to keep him away from […]

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