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“I’m just not a math person.” We hear it all the time. We believe that the idea of “math people” is the most self-destructive idea today….
The most common question students have about mathematics is “when will I ever use this?” Many math teachers struggle to give a good answer….
Lurking behind Einstein’s theory of gravity and our modern understanding of particle physics is the deceptively simple idea of symmetry. …
In 1998, cosmologists observed dozens of distant supernovas and inferred that they’re racing away from Earth faster and faster all the time….
Today, we know the Earth is shaped like a sphere. But most of us give little thought to the shape of the universe….
How do statistics so often lead scientists to deny differences that those not educated in statistics can plainly see?…
Pi is the most fascinating, and most studied, number in the history of the world. However, pi is too long for humankind….
It’s not entirely clear what level of mathematics is necessary to get started in machine learning, especially for those who didn’t study math….
Richard Feynman knew the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something. He had a beautiful talent to teach math….
The more code you write, the more teams are involved, the more changes that occur, the more hard coded dates apply, the longer it will take….
Probabilistic thinking helps us identify the most likely outcomes. When we know these our decisions can be more precise and effective….
Some philosophers think mathematics exists in a mysterious other realm. They’re wrong. Look around: you can see it….
The latest effort to overhaul math and science education offers a fundamental rethinking of the basic structure of knowledge….
John H. Conway was the world’s most lovable egomaniac. He was Archimedes, Mick Jagger, Salvador Dalí, and Feynman, all rolled into one….
A proof in a vacuum is no proof at all. Even an incorrect proof is better than no proof, because they may still be useful for other problems….
Walter Harry Pitts, Jr. was a logician who worked in the field of computational neuroscience. He tried to redeem the world with logic….