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Roots of Unity

The Saddest Thing I Know about the Integers

This beautiful piano cannot be tuned. Image: Gryffindor, via Wikimedia Commons.

The integers are a unique factorization domain, so we can’t tune pianos. That is the saddest thing I know about the integers. I talked to a Girl Scout troop about math earlier this month, and one of our topics was the intersection of math and music. I chose to focus on the way we perceive [...]

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Roots of Unity

Strumming the Lute of Pythagoras

A drawing by Joseph Koch incorporates the Lute of Pythagoras into a portrait of Pythagoras himself. Image copyright Joseph Koch. Used with permission.

When I was at the Joint Math Meetings in January, the evocative name “Lute of Pythagoras” jumped out at me in a talk by Ann Hanson of Columbia College in Chicago. Hanson teaches a course, Math in Art and Nature, that satisfies the general math requirement for Columbia College but comes with a healthy helping [...]

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The ScienceArt Exhibit Roundup This Fall

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So much good scienceart on display… where to begin!? EXHIBITS: NORTHEAST REGION LIFE: Magnified June – November 2014 Gateway Gallery Between Concourse C and the AeroTrain C-Gates station Washington Dulles International Airport Washington, D.C. Life: Magnified is an exhibit of scientific images showing cells and other scenes of life magnified by as much as 50,000 [...]

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