I found this cool retro sci-fi book cover on Sadburro. I wish I could get my car loaded up with formulas like this.
There is nothing too simple to rethink. Thank you, geometry!
I always love running into math infographics in magazines. I was flipping through the fashion mag W and found there is a recurring inset called the Inspiration Equation. (It is always on the last page.) Some of the equations are pretty funny. One of them has a blowfish as an argument. The bad thing is that, not knowing fashion very well, I can’t tell whether they are serious about a blowfish inspiring a dress?
Function Carnival is the coolest site I’ve ever seen to develop graphing intuition among students. If you are a math teacher, doing the walk through at the top of the page is a must. It is so clever. This is the second thing Desmos has released in the last 6 months that has blown my mind. Check out this other post on modeling.
I wish I could get this poster for my new office. Found on iMathmaticus.
I caught a NY Times editorial on Jump Math and got curious. There are a lot of curriculums that claim to significantly improve student math performance. What intrigued me most about Jump Math is that it claims to push the extremities in a given class together. I hadn’t heard this before. That sounds fantastic. Imagine if you got everyone in your class working at a B+ to A level? That got my attention. Has anyone worked with this curriculum?
Did you ever want to know why X is the symbol of choice in algebra for representing an unknown quantity? Here is the quick crazy history.
I ran across a post on Futility Closet of a large scale art project in Finland. An artist built a small artificial mountain and planted 11,000 trees spiraling around it in golden ratio beauty. I will definitely pay a visit if I ever get to Finland. I started thinking what other sites would qualify as math tourism sites. My brainstorm was a short one.
The Bridges of Konigsberg. (Sadly there are no longer seven.)
The Brougham Bridge. (Where Hamilton first carved his quaternions.)
The Museum of Math in NYC
There has to be more, but I’m blocked. Help!
Infinity has always been controversial for mathematicians. Scientific American has a great article on the continuing debate. These questions and dilemmas have a special place in my heart. It was the first part of mathematics I’d seen that was as interesting as philosophy, my first love. It is a good read. I hope you enjoy.