The parallel postulate is a stubborn wrinkle in a sheet: you can try to smooth it out, but it never really goes away
Mathematician and knitter sarah-marie belcastro uses math to inspire her knitting projects
“The treatise itself, therefore, contains only twenty-four pagesthe most extraordinary two dozen pages in the whole history of thought!” “How different with BolyaiJnos and Lobachvski, who claimed at once, unflinchingly, that their discovery marked an epoch in human thought so momentous as to be unsurpassed by anything recorded in the history of philosophy or of [...]
Tom Stoppard’s absurdist play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead begins with one of them, Guildenstern (or is it Rosencrantz?), flipping coins.
A Numberphile video posted earlier this month claims that the sum of all the positive integers is -1/12. Is it true?
Every once in a while I stumble on an interesting collective noun, usually for animals: a parliament of owls, a knot of toads, an exaltation of larks.
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I just finished reading a set of lectures the great mathematician Felix Klein delivered at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.
I started writing about math and science in June 2012 thanks to an AAAS Mass Media Fellowship sponsored by the American Mathematical Society.
Back in September, I published an interview with mathematician and mom Constance Leidy by mathematician and mom Lillian Pierce. It was part of a series of interviews for the Association for Women in Mathematics about how women balance motherhood with their mathematical careers.
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