Brock Halverson

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How A "Pop-Up Museum" Is Getting Kids Excited About Math

<i>Photo: Children create patterns and tessellations with brightly colored magnetic shapes in the Miles of Tiles exhibit, featured at the 2014 Math Fair.</i><p>We tend to think of math as a series of numbers and symbols on paper, often preceding a list of multiple-choice answers intentionally presented to …

Mathematics

Same genes 'drive maths and reading ability'

<b>The same genes drive maths and reading ability, research suggests.</b><p>Around half of the genes that influence a child's aptitude for reading also play a role in how easily they learn maths, say scientists.<p>The study of 12-year-old British twins from 3,000 families, reported in Nature Communications, …

Genetics

Associated Press News

Science And Math Majors Earn The Most Money After Graduation

The DOE report looked at four years of data on college graduates and found that STEM majors — science, technology, engineering, and math — on average earn $65,000, while non-STEM majors earned about $15,500 less. STEM majors were also more likely to be employed and hold only one full-time job, …

College & University

Why The 'Weird' New Way Of Teaching Math Is So Much Better For Your Kids

In my day job I'm a pure mathematician, specializing in the most abstract parts of number theory and geometry. But I've also been writing here at Slate for more than a decade about the connections between the mathematical world and the things we think about every day. The foreignness of …

Mathematics

Associated Press News

Add it up: Two new books reveal the way math is woven through our lives

<b>The Grapes of Math</b><p><i>By Alex Bellos</i><p><i>Doubleday, 337 pages, $32.95</i><p><b>How Not to be Wrong</b><p><i>By Jordan Ellenberg</i><p><i>Penguin Press, 468 pages, $32.95</i><p>At this year's World Cup, Brazil has so far crushed Cameroon 4-1, tied Mexico 0-0, and dispensed with Croatia 3-1. What are the chances that the hosts will win in 2014? …

How I Finally Got Over My Fear of Math

The classroom smelled like feet. It had no windows and was lit by those awful overhead fluorescents that make everyone over 25 look like an extra from <i>The Walking Dead</i>.<p>Not that this mattered to most of my classmates, who looked barely 18 and were probably wondering what the old lady was doing in …

Mathe Alarm Clock Forces Oversleeping Users to Solve Math Problems

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Apps

Math Proves You Should Always Order the Bigger Pizza

If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that pizza is delicious. Everyone loves pizza. Like, the United States government even took the time …

Pie

The Myth of 'I'm Bad at Math'

Basic ability in the subject isn't the product of good genes, but hard work.<p>“I’m just not a math person.”<p>We hear it all the time. And we’ve had enough. Because we believe that the idea of “math people” is the most self-destructive idea in America today. The truth is, you probably <i>are</i> a math person, …

Math Nerds Just Figured Out How To Speed Up Your LTE Network

It is a given in human history that no mobile network is fast enough. We always want downloads and uploads to go as fast as possible. The problem is …

If math gives you anxiety, watch this

Does math scare you or your child? Here’s a four-minute pep talk by an engaging math major who goes by “Mathematigal”<p>First she amusingly runs down the reactions she gets when she tells people she studies math “on purpose,” including “Oh, my brain’s just not built for that,” or “I’m more creative,” …

Your High School Math Performance May Predict Your Future Salary

Students who complete higher levels of math in high school experience lower rates of unemployment and receive higher salaries, on average, than their less-accomplished peers, according to new research from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.<p>Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, former …

High School

Practical Math Shortcuts For Everyday Life

It turns out, your school teacher was right. You need math on a regular basis. While most people won't typically have need of orthogonal …

To Get The Hottest Job On Wall Street, You Have To Be Much More Than Good At Math

It seems like every young person on Wall Street wants to end up in private equity these days — great pay, interesting projects, and often smaller, more close knit companies are making the space very attractive.<p>This means fierce competition.<p>So what's going to set you apart in an interview? According …

Wall Street

The 10 Best Jobs For People Who Love Math

To find out which jobs offer the best opportunities for people who love math, we analyzed CareerCast's list of the top 200 occupations in 2013 and pulled out those jobs that require analytical math skills.<p>CareerCast, a job search site, measured the stress, physical demands, and both the current and …

Employment

Candy Crush is officially a hard game, according to math

Developer King's match-three puzzler <i>Candy Crush Saga</i> is officially a difficult game, according to a new mathematical analysis of the title that places the game into a category of high-level computational problems.<p>The study, by University of New South Wales professor and group leader at computing …

Will Studying Math Make You Richer?

A Fed study says yes. You should be smart enough to be skeptical—especially if you studied math.<p>Students who advance further in high school math have higher wages and are less likely to be unemployed, according to a new study from the Cleveland Fed. So when Noah Smith and Miles Kimball say there is …

How I Help All My Students to Be Good at Math

A math teacher explains how she emphasizes effort over achievement.<p>As a mathematics educator for the last seven years, I can attest that most folks believe they either are or are not “math people.” And that idea of innate math ability is very harmful to both those who believe they possess it and to …

Ontario's Tim Hudak could use some tutoring from the math teachers he wants to fire

<i>These are stories Report on Business is following Monday, May 26, 2014</i>.<p><b>But who's counting?</b><br>The Ontario Progressive Conservatives could use some tutoring from the math teachers they'd like to fire.<p>Indeed, the numbers being thrown around in the election campaign in Canada's most populous province are …