Category Archives: Math

Math, Logic

Chess robot breaks kid’s finger…

…and then it beat up Deep Blue and Watson for their lunch money! Well, the real story can be found here in The Guardian. I fear that the horrors of Skynet might be closer than we thought and it won’t come … Continue reading

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An editorial from the Math-impaired

The only thing I give D&D 5E a round of applause for is their advantage/disadvantage rule with d20 rolls. Given how much players love to roll dice more than anything, it caters to their obsession. It’s a pretty clever solution yet … Continue reading

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Shmow-zow! It’s Enchiridon Day!

If the numbers on the back of the famous Fantasy manual are a date, then yes, it would be today! However, it’s only a coincidence because eight, 13 and 21 are part of the Fibonacci Sequence if you’re going from … Continue reading

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For All Mankind: one season

This was the first show I was interested in watching on Apple’s new TV/Movie network and I was also a little apprehensive. Whenever a former Star Trek producer is involved, it’s a warning that the show might be craptacular. Let’s face it, … Continue reading

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RIP Katherine Johnson

Farewell to a great American and a person who was vital to our (as in the World, not just America) success at landing on the Moon. Without Katherine’s brilliance and mathematical skills, I have a feeling there could’ve been delays. … Continue reading

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Math-Nerd Onesies

My friends Elizabeth and Matthew received or bought (not sure which) a couple Math-based joke onesies for their new son Aaron. That’s the beauty of being an infant, you don’t have to worry about bullies and morons not getting the … Continue reading

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RIP Bob Dorough

Sad to see that he passed away earlier this week. I will never be able to thank him enough too. If you grew up watching Saturday morning cartoons in the Seventies, Bob’s idea was mandatory viewing on ABC…more like, those … Continue reading

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Italian #45: Giovanni Domenico Cassini

I will readily admit my annual celebration for Italian Heritage is off to a slow start. I blame too many things but in the end it’s my own fault. This year I did get some help from a real Italian … Continue reading

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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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