Danny Joles

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Teaching Math to People Who Think They Hate It

A popular Cornell professor tries to help language-arts types learn how to "make math" instead of just studying it.<p>Math has never been my strong suit. I opted out of it at every turn, particularly in college, where I enrolled in linguistics to fulfill my quantitative reasoning requirement. I even …

Mathematicians Hunt the Voids Between Massive Prime Numbers

Proving prime gaps.<p>​Characterizing prime numbers is manual labor. The rules, the few rules that exist for primes, are fuzzy and uncomfortably arbitrary. Given one prime number, there's no definitive way to get the next prime number; alternatively, to test if a number is in fact prime, we're forced …

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Functional Geometry¶<p><i>Functional Geometry</i> is a paper by Peter Henderson (original (1982), revisited (2002)) which deconstructs the MC Escher woodcut</i> …

Mathematician says this equation could predict zombie migration patterns

When (or if) the zombie apocalypse ever occurs, be sure to sharpen your math skills and print out a copy of this report. It could save your …

The Math And Science Of Latkes

Tomorrow evening marks the start of Hanukkah, the Jewish "Festival of Lights" and an eight-day-long excuse to eat fried potato pancakes known as <i>latkes</i>.<p>This holiday season also marks the return of the Latke-Hamentash Debates, a tradition that began at the University of Chicago in 1946, but has since …

How I Transformed Math From Misery to Magic

I am not writing a blog about math because I love it. I hated math in grade school. When I was 8 years old I told my parents that I was stupid and would never understand it because math was "for the smart kids." Today it hurts me to hear the words smart or dumb in the classroom because I know that …

How cheaper oil changes the calculus for Keystone XL

2014-12-16T08:30:43.000Z<p>By: Guest writer<p><i>By James Benton</i><p>With oil hovering around $57/barrel (for WTI) as of late Monday afternoon, now might be a good …

5 Ways You’re Obsessed With Math (And You Didn’t Even Know It)

By Max Cooper,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1yGFB0Z<p>1. Music<p>I bet you enjoy music? Music is just particular types of changing air pressure (sound …