On the Uselessness of Mathematics and Resultant Magical Oracular Godness of Computers

I’ve been thinking about mathematical education a lot recently.  Mostly because my sister is professing math at a college at which many students believe and state that they do not need math because all they are going to do in life is work at the mines.  I find this sad …

Science Sunday: Does the Sum of All Natural Numbers Equal -1/12?

They say not to write a post with a question if the answer is “no” but I’m going to do it anyway. You may have seen this video floating around the intertubes that claims to show that summing all the natural numbers (1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + …

Danica McKellar’s Fun Little Bites of Mathy Goodness

Danica McKellar, who has actual math degrees in addition to being an actress, is trying to get girls interested in math.  She’s starting a webseries! Math Bites!  I’m suspicious of this.  Increasing the participation of girls in science and math in the face of stereotype harm and the president of …

The Physics Philes, lesson 47: Your Mission, If You Choose to Accept It…

Uuuuuuugh. I’m once again full of fail this week. And full of excuses! I have my trig final this week. On Wednesday. I’m nervous about it. I need to study. I really need to study. So I’m blowing this post off this week. I’m sorry! I really am. I love …

The Physics Philes, lesson 44: Challenge Accepted Part 2

In which a challenge is issued, a challenge is accepted, and a challenge is completed…for real this time! If you will remember, last week I was issued a challenge involving black holes by this cheeky physicist I know. Even though I’m far too dumb to really get my head around …

The Physics Philes, lesson 9: Minor Successes!

In which practice problems are done, help is acquired, and more practice problems are done. If you will remember, last week I tried to explain friction forces. Except I didn’t include any math, because I didn’t really know what I was doing. This week, you’re in luck! I worked really …

Awesome Sauce Music Friday

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! 3.14159…Edition

Happy Friday, everyone! Are you ready to jam? Good. Let’s go. I don’t really know what to say about this week’s song other than it’s pretty weird. I seriously have no idea what’s going on in the video. But that’s what makes it kind of amazing, in a way. The …

Science Sunday: Fools for Science

Some of the best April Fool's Day pranks and hoaxes have been based in science and math. Discover magazine fooled numerous readers with its April 1999 article by Tim Folger about the recently discovered bigon particle, which appears and disappears within millionths of a second—and is the size of a …