If you are good at math and you could use a few extra bucks, you should consider putting your skills toward the Millenium Prize Problems. On May 24, 2000, the Clay Mathematics […]
Learn How Two Grandparents Hacked the Lottery and Made Millions
Despite all the advertisements telling us about the lavish lifestyle that comes to the winners of the lottery, most of us know that buying lottery tickets is just a less efficient means […]
Meet Archytas, the Father of Robotics
Archytas (428 BC–347 BC) was a mathematician and scientist of Ancient Greece. He was a member of the Pythagoreans. (Click here to learn how Pythagoras was killed by his phobia of beans.) […]
The Tragic Tale of Pythagoras and the Deadly Beans
Pythagoras (c. 570 – c. 495 B.C.) is most-commonly remembered for the geometric formula that bears his name. What is less-well remembered about him is the way beans contributed to his untimely […]
That sideways figure eight used as the symbol for infinity (∞) is properly known as a lemniscate.
Easy as Pi… Well, As Easy as Coffee, Anyway
Want to remember the value of Pi (3.1415926) in an easy way? You can do it by counting each word’s letters in “May I have a large container of coffee?”
Prime Time for Big Prime Number
A prime number is divisible only by one and itself. We learn about them in elementary school and recognize them as 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, etc. As the numbers get larger, […]
Euclid’s Geometric Propositions? Child’s Play
When he was a child, Blaise Pascal once locked himself in his room for several days and would not allow anyone to enter. When he emerged, he had figured out all of […]
Chess: A Game of Limitless Possibilities
Because of its complexity, chess offers limitless possibilities. After just three moves, there are over 9,000,000 possible configurations of the board.
Don’t Look an Educated Horse in the Mouth
“Bernarr MacFadden had the wild glare of an educated horse doing a problem in arithmetic.” — Alva Johnston Source
The Mathematician Who Died From Being a Picky Eater
The Austrian/American logician and mathematician Kurt Gödel died on January 14, 1978, from being a picky eater.
The following equation can be expressed as a limerick. Can you figure it out? Here it is: Integral z-squared dz from 1 to the cube root of 3 times the cosine of […]
A Very Big Piece of Pi
Daniel Tammett first came to worldwide prominence on March 14th, 2004 – otherwise known as Pi Day (3/14). To raise money for an epilepsy foundation, Tammett spent five straight hours reciting the […]