Check out this hilarious video on youtube!!!
In this episode the Math Bros cruise around the campus of Columbia University to find some unsuspecting ladies who will do their taxes. Tom convinces a brainy physics major to get in the van for some hot number crunching, while Marty and Chris tag team a Grad Student from Central Europe for the ultimate deduction. Hold on to your TI-83 graphing calculators becuz it’s gonna be a bumpy ride.
This is a very sweet story that appeared in the LA times.
It’s about this math teacher named Bruce Kravets (aged 66) who after he retired, decided to stay as a teacher and teach for free. He’s the kind of teacher you remember the rest of your life.
mornings a week, Bruce Kravets, 66, puts on a coat and tie, straps on
his helmet and bikes to work at Palms Middle School on L.A.’s Westside,
where he teaches math. For free.
[...] Kravets dwells unself-consciously in his own horn-rimmed
universe of equations filled with Xs and Ys, his hair curled by the
heat of his passion for problem-solving.
Students last week sat transfixed as Kravets scribbled on an
overhead projector [...] There was no fidgeting, giggling or texting.
Kravets would call on a student and ask him or her to state aloud how
to solve a problem, and he would stick with that student until there
was complete understanding. He told me he’s always taught by the
Socratic method, believing that the process is as important as the
Now if only every teacher had his enthusiasm for math.
This Reuters article
talks about Oxford professor Marcus du Sautoy and how he is an advisor for the mathy webgame website:
It’s called Manga High and illustrated in the style of a Japanese comic.
“He said the aim had been to make an integral part of the games “really challenging kinds of maths” and not just mental arithmetic.
A number of schools in London as well as Tennessee in the United States are trying out the website, which includes a game called “Save Our Dumb Planet,” where children have to enter coordinates on a graph to aim a missile at an asteroid heading for the Earth.
“I think the teachers have been very impressed by the depth of the mathematics that we have managed to embed in these games. You can only get a high score if you do the maths,” Du Sautoy said.
He said the game was a good example of the sort of maths that real scientists use, in this case to chart the course of a spaceship through the solar system.“
I went to the website and it’s pretty damned cool!! Go have some fun!
So, on this blog (with entry called “The truth is in there – Maxwell gives us the speed of light”), this guy posted lyrics to a song that he created about the speed of light. My favorite part is:
“Since nabla rot E is -dB/dt,
a field can never change at once all that we see,
It takes some time, which gives us the v,
And we guess that the truth is in there.“
Visit the site for the rest of the lyrics . Now if only I can find a youtube version sometime soon ^_^
A nice NY Times article about Martin Gardner.
“…Mr. Gardner was 42 and had never taken a math course beyond high school. He had struggled with calculus and considered himself poor at solving basic mathematical puzzles, let alone creating them. But when the publisher of Scientific American asked him if there might be enough material for a monthly column on “recreational mathematics,” a term that sounded even more oxymoronic in 1956 than it does today, Mr. Gardner took a gamble.“
Martin Gardner’s 95th birthday was just over a month ago (born October 21, 1914). Dang that’s old! The article goes on to talk about his life and achievements.