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The Dimensions in Between The mathematics that we have learned since elementary school is a bit beautiful. A line is perfectly straight, the path of the ball thrown upward is a parabola and the shape of the earth we see … Continue reading →...

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Mathematicians, philosophers, and enthusiasts alike have their own views about mathematics. Below are the 50 mathematics quotes collected from the time of Euclid up to 21st century. Let’s see what the masters of the field have to say about mathematics. … Continue reading →...

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If you are looking for programming problems to challenge yourself or to give to your students, then Project Euler is one good place to start. According to the website, “Project Euler exists to encourage, challenge, and develop the skills and enjoyment … Continue reading →...

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I’ve been a bit slow at posting lately – I moved, got sick, and so on – but here we go again. Yunfan Tan posts some wonderful time-lapse pictures of plants dying, linking to a paper Allometric scaling of plant life history by Yúria Marbà, Carlos M. Duarte, and Susana Agustí which shows that “both [...]...

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Mathematical analysis based on numbers and numerical estimates is widely used in decision making everywhere from public administration and business to environmental conservation. Methods for decision analysis evaluate different alternatives with regard to several criteria. The more attributes and possible options, from which to make decisions there are, and the larger the amount of available data,...

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REVIEW OF: “ANTIFRAGILE” by NASSIM TALEB (a.k.a. Doc Savage) I have not yet finished reading Antifragile by Nassim Taleb. I am at page 214 of this 519 page book. Isn’t it sacrilege to write a review before finishing the entire book? Normally, yes. But you’ll see why this is an exception. Taleb is well-known for [...]...

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Patrick Honner, a NY award-winning math teacher who I previously interviewed here, gave this talk to Math For America about a month ago dealing with certain aspects and assumptions of standardized tests that he keeps an eye on (the audio isn't quite as crisp as one might like and may be better through earphones than over speakers):In a slightly similar vein, Sol Lederman's latest podcast is with G...

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I just got an email from Jos Leys, one of the creators of the Dimensions video series (which I wrote about previously), announcing that they have released another video series, this time about Chaos, at http://www.chaos-math.org/en. I haven’t had a … Continue reading →...

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Generally smaller problems require less effort. It takes less work to run 1 mile than to run 3 miles, to lift a 10 pound weight versus 50 pound one, or to cook one meal versus a week’s worth. Our physical experience suggests that smaller, specific problems are easier to solve. It is for this very [...]...

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Got some mathy folks on your holiday list?… I'll mention 5 math-oriented bookish ideas for your shopping list that I particularly enjoyed from the last year-or-so:1) The Joy of X by Steven Strogatz2) The Joy of X by Steven Strogatz3) The Joy of X by Steven Strogatz4) The Joy of X by Steven Strogatz5) The Joy of X by Steven Strogatz…okay, okay, just joshin' (well, not really ;-))… I'll round ...