Posts tagged "mathematics"
"This is what the world’s biggest prime number looks like.
"I took the raw numeric data from the new, 17-million-digit prime, broke it into 6-digit chunks, converted that to RGB colors, and made an image."
Tesseract, by Jason Hise. I find this alarming, beautiful, and borderline revelatory.
Science-ify your breakfast with a Möbius bagel
You’ve probably heard of a Möbius strip before - it’s a continuous shape that only has one side and one edge. You can make one pretty easily by cutting a strip of paper, giving it a half twist, and taping the ends together to form a loop. However, if you want to really impress, make a Möbius bagel. By following the instructions, you can cut your bagel (or your donut!) into two interlocking bagel halves. From now on, eat your breakfast like a Scientist!
Math up your breakfast, and increase shmear surface area at the same time!! Win-win.
"Okay, math lovers, this is the one you’ve been waiting for: Shinichi Mochizuki of Kyoto University in Japan is claiming to have found proof (divided into four separate studies with 500+ pages) of the so-called abc conjecture, a longstanding problem in number theory which predicts that a relationship exists between prime numbers. The tricky part? Now other mathematicians need to dig into his extensive work, and confirm that he’s right…”
The religiously-inclined and the mathematically-challenged are confused by the Olympics. Humans do not cull their young; this is plainly an error.
11. Abstract algebra is too dang complicated: "Unlike the ‘modern math’ theorists, who believe that mathematics is a creation of man and thus arbitrary and relative, A Beka Book teaches that the laws of mathematics are a creation of God and thus absolute…A Beka Book provides attractive, legible, and workable traditional mathematics texts that are not burdened with modern theories such as set theory.”—ABeka.com
"If a baseball and bat cost $110, and the bat costs $100 more than the ball, how much does the ball cost?
"If you answered $10 you are inclined to believe in religion. If you answered $5 you are inclined to disbelieve."
I answered $10. I don’t believe in God, but I am crap at maths.
"The message is just 210 bytes of information organized onto a grid of 1679 binary digits. That particular number was chosen because it’s semiprime, meaning it is the product of two prime numbers, in this case 23 and 73. That means any civilization that received the message would know the grid would have to be 23 by 73, and only one of the two possible arrangements presents intelligible information."
(via This is the binary message we sent out to aliens 38 years ago)
"I’ve noted before that comparing one author’s process and career with another’s is a situation fraught with difficulty (and often, some stupidity), so take the following with a grain of salt. That said, for everyone who ever bitched about George Martin taking so damn long to write A Dance With Dragons, allow me to make the following observation…”