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Category Archives: Recreational Mathematics
A Tour of Intersections: Poetry with Mathematics
I don’t know about you, but between coverage of the coronavirus outbreak and political discussions looking ahead to this year’s presidential elections, I have been encountering a lot of stressinducing content lately. Reading poetry is a welcome break from that, … Continue reading
Mathematical Enchantments: A Tour
Mathematical Enchantments, or “Jim Propp’s math blog” is about “adventures in fantastic realms you can build inside your head.” The blog has been discussed a few times on this blog in recent years. Welcome to my tour of a few … Continue reading
Holiday Math Treats
The holidays are a perfect time to unwind, reflect, and spend time with loved ones. For me, it is also a great time to browse the internet for fun activities to do. In this post, I highlight some of the … Continue reading
A Tour of the Chalkdust Magazine Blog
Chalkdust Magazine (“for the mathematically curious”) and the associated blog are a treat. Anna wrote a post last year in which she described the magazine as “filled with as much mathematical goodness as a fresh unopened box of Hagoromo “Fulltouch” chalk.” … Continue reading
(Re)Discovering Identities
In November, I ran across a very interesting article in QuantaMagazine “Neutrinos Lead to Unexpected Discovery in Basic Math“ by Natalie Wolchover. She described the discovery that three physicists — Stephen Parke (Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory), Xining Zhang (University of Chicago) … Continue reading
Joining the 3D Printed Revolution
While browsing the math blogosphere on Twitter, I found myself diving into the wonderful 3D printing posts. Back in 2014, Evelyn Lamb wrote a post in this blog called “The Revolution Will Be 3D Printed”. Inspired by the title, I … Continue reading
Let’s Talk About Viral Equations
Recently, there was a viral post about solving the equation below: Many mathematicians and social media powerhouses have weighed in on what the answer should be. But, why has this equation led to a lot of debate? This is not … Continue reading
On the mathematical wedding controversy
Multiple news sites recently reported about a wedding planned between two mathematicians in which the happy couple decided to reveal their guests’ dinner seating arrangements as the answers to math problems.
A sampling of glorious snow math
Lately, the weather has seemed to taunt me. By traveling back from my family’s Thanksgiving festivities on November 24, I narrowly missed driving through a multistate blizzard that slowed portions of my partner’s November 25 return down to a crawl. … Continue reading
Thoughts on writing math books for kids
Kids’ math books: I’m not talking about textbooks, but rather cheerful maththemed picture books parents might give to wideeyed, excited kids as holiday gifts, books that take mathobsessed kids on journeys to learning thrilling new math outside the walls of … Continue reading