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math qotd

Mathematics / qotd

Since you are now studying geometry and trigonometry, I will give you a problem. A ship sails the ocean. It left Boston with a cargo of wool. It grosses 200 tons. It is bound for Le Havre. The mainmast is broken, the cabin boy is on deck, there are 12 passengers aboard, the wind is blowing East-North-East, the clock points to a quarter past three in the afternoon. It is the month of May. How […]

More books

books / Mathematics / Natural world

I have assigned myself the task of listening to Bill Bryson‘s A Short History of Nearly Everything by the time of next Saturday night’s lecture at the Mercantile.This book sits currently (in my mental bookcase if not my physical bookcase) with Richard Dawkins and my fancy anniversary illustrated copy of The Origin of the Species. It continues my fascination with discovering how the world works. That is why I loved math: it was like suddenly […]

Duel at Dawn: math can do that to you

books / Mathematics

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 non-Euclidean geometry. via Duel at Dawn – The Barnes & Noble Review. I myself tend to contemplate the Cantor Set, but that’s […]

This is how I learned math. Math is hard.


“Everyone fails a math test,” my tutor told me, after I had failed one. I found out, as time went on, that those words were not just a consolation but the truth. Math, for the vast majority of us non-child-geniuses and prodigies, is very difficult. However, you simply have to get through it. You do the work, and eventually get to understand not only how to get the right answer, and get it in a […]

From our neck of the woods: math and computing history

Mathematics / Science

Web Produced By: Jeannine Gallenstein Email: Last Update: 7:56 am DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A new Air Force supercomputer is named in honor of an Ohio man who was instrumental in cracking Nazi codes during World War II.The $2.2 million machine to be used by researchers at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton is called the “Desch.” It will turn large amounts of radar surveillance data into three-dimensional video images that can observe an […]