Monthly Archives: May 2009

Carnival of Mathematics: here, this Friday!

I will be hosting the Carnival of Mathematics here this Friday (June 5). Please send in your submissions! IMPORTANT: it’s a long story but I am not yet listed as the host on the blog carnival site, so DO NOT … Continue reading

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MMM #33: Super divisible

This week’s Monday Math Madness is up at Wild About Math!. Looks like a fairly accessible problem this week: What’s the prime factorization of the smallest whole number that is divisible by all integers from 1 up to and including … Continue reading

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Square roots with pencil and paper: the Babylonian method

Everyone knows how to add, subtract, multiply and divide with pencil and paper; but do you know how to find square roots without a calculator? (Incidentally, I highly recommend reading The Feeling of Power by Isaac Asimov, a short story … Continue reading

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The Internet is abuzz with the release of Wolfram|Alpha, Wolfram’s new “computational knowledge engine”. (Wolfram is the company that makes Mathematica.) So I went to try it out. It’s sort of like a search engine in that you type in … Continue reading

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Full Speed Ahead!

Hooray for summer! Now that finals are finally over, you can expect a lot more from me over the next few months. I’ve got a lot of exciting things planned, including a description and explanation of an algorithm for finding … Continue reading

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