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No the Greeks did not invent Mathematics

Over at the normally largely fictional National Review Kevin D, Williamson brings us with some new fiction. The Greeks Invented Mathematics, and Now It’s Bankrupting Them.  As much as we not like to admit it our modern mathematics comes from the Muslims of he Ottoman Empire.  They brought a number system from India that included [...]Show More Summary

Q&A: Talking to a Hot Guy?

Male geeks may think dating is easier for women, but any woman who’s endured modern dating hell will likely disagree. Partly the problem is mathematical – when women outnumber men, men have the leverage to set the terms. But then there are those girl geeks who really challenge themselves, gunning for guys they find “hotter” than themselves. Show More Summary

Encryption made easier: Just talk like a parent

A researcher has created an easier email encryption method – one that sounds familiar to parents who try to outsmart their 8-year-old child. The new technique gets rid of the complicated, mathematically generated messages that are typical of encryption software. Instead, the method transforms specific emails into ones that are vague by leaving out key words.

We're not alone, mathematically, but the universe may be less crowded than we think

There may be far fewer galaxies further out in the Universe then might be expected, suggests a new study based on simulations conducted using the Blue Waters supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, withShow More Summary

Four short links: 2 July 2015

How Not to be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking (Amazon) — Ellenberg chases mathematical threads through a vast range of time and space, from the everyday to the cosmic, encountering, among other things, baseball, Reaganomics, daring lottery schemes, Voltaire, …

Bearishness for China ‘A-Shares’ ETF Hits Record

Zhao Yingquan/Zuma Press You don’t need mathematical yardsticks to know that China’s once high-flying mainland stock markets are going nuts. Here they are anyway: The implied volatility of the Deutsche X-trackers Harvest CSI 300 China A-Shares ETF (ASHR) has surged to 58, the highest since the exchange-traded fund launched in November 2013, according to Credit Suisse. [...]

KnitYak, Custom Knit Scarves Created With Unique Mathematical Algorithms

3 days agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

KnitYak is a wonderful project that combines yarn with numbers. Founder Fabienne “fbz” Serriere, who is both a knitter and a mathematician, is currently seeking funding through Kickstarter in order to purchase an industrial knitting machine that would allow her to provide custom knit scarves created with unique algorithms. When I started out modifying knitting […]

8 Tips to Find Joy in Your Work and Make an Impact

"There exists a passion for comprehension... without this passion there would be neither mathematics nor natural science." ~ Albert Einstein I came into my internship last summer, at the AT&T Foundry Innovation Center in Plano, Texas, not knowing what to expect or how I was going to use my concentration in mechanical engineering. Show More Summary

You get a bizarre answer when you ask Siri to divide 0 by 0

Fire up Siri and ask it "What is zero divided by zero." You get the true mathematical answer: But Siri goes on a bit of a rant after that. Here's a transcription of the bizarre answer Siri gives you: Imagine that you have zero cookies and you split them evenly among zero friends. Show More Summary

The NFL’s scientific consultant has bigger problems than the Wells report

After the NFL hired outside investigator Ted Wells to handle the #DeflateGate probe, Wells retained a firm known as Exponent to provide scientific and mathematical support. Initially, Columbia University was mentioned as a potentialShow More Summary

Singing the praises of Richmond Lady Raiders Director Kelly Allen, an alumnus of ten years of pro cheer

Kelly Allen embodies the term, “multi-talented.” Kelly spent ten years dancing for the NBA Wizards and NFL Redskins, and is also an accomplished singer, mathematics major, and now Director of the PIFL’s Richmond Lady Raiders Dance Team. A former captain for both the Wizard Dancers and Redskins Cheerleaders, Kelly choreographed many of their dance [...]

Physicists observe magnetic 'devil's staircase'

(Phys.org)—Many hiking trails feature a "devil's staircase"—a set of steps that are often steep and difficult to climb. The devil's staircase is also the name of a mathematical function whose graph exhibits a jagged step-like organization reminiscent of a real staircase, although in a highly ordered fractal pattern. Show More Summary

How to Discover Your Financial Grit

You might be under the illusion that financial success is all about smarts. Nope. Think again. You can be the smartest mathematical guru in the world and find yourself broke. Why is this? Don’t all the smart people get the best-paying jobs and a Lamborghini or two? Isn’t it the smart people who can shrug their […]

What Time Is It? It's Create Icons in Adobe Illustrator Time!

What You'll Be Creating Mathematical! Create three fantastic icon designs featuring the Adventure Time characters Jake, Finn, and Princess Bubblegum. We'll use simple shapes to bring each character to life, ready for desktop or mobile app use. Show More Summary

Here's how to send super-secure messages like Edward Snowden

We live in a post-Snowden world. For many, that means assuming none of your digital assets are safe from surveillance. There are ways, however, to use the internet and insane mathematics in your favor to ensure that no one can see whatever it is that you're sending to someone else. Show More Summary

Converging On The Structure of Physics

A report on the first day of talks at the Convergence conference, looking for structure in the mathematics of the universe, spooky quantum interactions, and when correlation can imply causation.

Reversing the deadly side effects of Tylenol overdose

New research could help reverse deadly side effects caused by excessive doses of the drug acetaminophen, the major ingredient in Tylenol and many other medicines. Researchers have developed a mathematical model of acetaminophen metabolism based on data from rats. Show More Summary

At the intersection of race, gender and STEM

The mostly male fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are not just lacking women, they are most especially lacking women of color. Which should come as no surprise to most of us who are aware that we are living...Show More Summary

What's so HoTT about Formalization?

What is the relationship between homotopy type theory and computer formalization of mathematics?

World’s Hottest Math Teacher / Model Pietro Boselli is Sexy and Shirtless at Milan Fashion Week: PHOTOS

last weekLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Pietro Boselli, the hot male model who moonlights as a lecturer at University College London on a different type of modeling (mathematical, that is) is in Milan for the city’s Fashion Week and just finished a shoot for GQ that puts his good...Show More Summary

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