Category Archives: Math

Library Link of the Day: How an Ancient Indian Art Utilizes Mathematics, Mythology, and Rice

Courtesy of Atlas Obscura: BEFORE THE FIRST RAYS OF sunlight stream across the rice fields and mud roads in the Nilgiri Mountains, before they force their way through the high-rises in the urban jungle of Chennai and Madurai, the women of … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: The new digital divide is between people who opt out of algorithms and people who don’t

Courtesy of The Conversation: Every aspect of life can be guided by artificial intelligence algorithms – from choosing what route to take for your morning commute, to deciding whom to take on a date, to complex legal and judicial matters … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: The Mathematical Madness Behind a Perfect N.C.A.A. Basketball Bracket

Courtesy of The Smithsonian: The probability of picking a perfect NCAA March Madness bracket is astronomically low. If college basketball players were immortal beings that sprung into existence at the moment of the Big Bang, and they competed in the … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: How Many Digits of Pi Do We Actually Need?

Courtesy of Curiosity.com: You’ve probably seen those memory champs who can recite thousands of digits of pi in one go. Impressive? Yes. Excessive? Hell yes. Though pi famously has an infinite number of digits (it’s irrational, after all), we certainly don’t need … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: The Millennium Problems Are 7 Math Problems Worth $1 Million Each

If you want to be a millionaire, there are easy ways and there are hard ways to achieve your goal. Solving any one of the Millenium Problems is a guaranteed way to earn $1 million, but it’s also probably the hardest possible … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Celebrate a Mathematic Cornerstone with Magic, Cartoons and Pie!

Courtesy of Atlas Obscura: Join Atlas Obscura and the Philosophical Research Society as we celebrate Pi Day (yes we know it’s technically the day after!) and take in a performance by the Magic Castle’s own “mathemagician” Arthur Benjamin. Then, dig into some … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Think You’re Bad at Math? You May Suffer from “Math Trauma”

Courtesy of Curiosity.com: “I teach people how to teach math, and I’ve been working in this field for 30 years. Across those decades, I’ve met many people who suffer from varying degrees of math trauma — a form of debilitating mental shutdown … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: The 36 Officers Problem Once Confounded a Legendary Mathematician

Courtesy of Curiosity.com: “The problem seems simple enough. It goes something like this: Imagine you’re in command of an army that consists of six regiments, each containing six officers of six different ranks. Can you arrange the officers in a … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: A Coin Toss Is Not as Random as It Seems

Courtesy of Curiosity.com: “Who gets the last slice of pizza? Flip a coin. On second thought … maybe not. The coin toss is a time-honored solution to indecision, but, weirdly, it’s not a truly fair method. Better just split that … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Sorry, Immortality Is Mathematically Impossible

Courtesy of Curiosity.com: “Here’s a conundrum: Evolution is all about helping organisms produce more offspring. If a trait makes an animal more likely to die, that trait eventually disappears in favor of traits that help them live. But even if … Continue reading

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