Category Archives: Math

Math, Logic

Italian #39: Maria Gaetana Agnesi

Although Maria never made any breakthrough or major contribution to math, she was the first European woman to publish a textbook (what they would call a handbook then) which focused on differential and integral calculus. I have little idea what … Continue reading

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Italian #38: Giuseppe Piazzi

With all the news about Rosetta landing on a comet after 12 years in space, I wanted to kick off with the person who discovered the largest asteroid in our solar system, or maybe it’s a dwarf planet now…Ceres. Back when I … Continue reading

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Why craps dice have “hard” corners

Over the years, Las Vegas has slowly integrated technological changes/improvements to save money (vouchers instead of dumping quarters, no more plastic cups) or to get people with social anxiety to play (pop-o-matic craps, solo roulette machines). The one element I … Continue reading

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The Imitation Game: Worth Seeing

Alan Turing has been having a belated comeback in the same style as Tesla, except, I think Turing’s accomplishments are more verifiable now that much of Enigma and Ultra have been declassified. Modern computers can blow away whatever the participants … Continue reading

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The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets by Simon Singh

Last year was the show’s 25th anniversary and luckily I got this fascinating book completed before the year ended. Even the most jaded critic who says, “Oh, the show was better back during [insert season here],” will enjoy the observations … Continue reading

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Not done with Photoshop®

I caught this on the way to the train Thursday (leaving SXSW). Not sure who was behind the skywriting which involved possibly five planes or one with a very specialized ability. After the declaration of “Pi in the sky,” the … Continue reading

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Beware of a population myth making the rounds, again

While I was surfing over my friends’ ‘blogs on my day off, trying to see if there was anything I could post to add to their conversations, I saw this cool rebuttal being researched, courtesy of my friend Mark M. Seems … Continue reading

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