As stated on the WolframAlpha blog, new features have been implemented:
“You can ask directly for the probability of a full house or other common hands, as well as the probabilities of various outcomes when you play Powerball, roll two 12-sided dice, or repeat any sequence of trials with a 20% chance 4 times.
… Other additions have brought everything from Archimedes’ axiom to semiaxes and square pyramid syntax into our body of computable knowledge and functions.“
I just watched that movie called Old School (yes it’s from 2003). They had a nice math question during the movie. It was as follows:
Which of the following is a generally accepted graphical technique for determining first order system parameters?
a) Harriot’s method of solving cubics
b) Pythagorean triplets
c) The migration method of graphing quadratic functions?
You can see the clip over at Oliver Knill’s site: mathematics in movies.
A movie inspired on numbers, geometry and nature, by Cristóbal Vila.
Balancing 15 books on head, reciting pi to the 100th digit, and solving a rubik’s cube!!!
The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has decided to award the Abel Prize for 2010 to
John Torrence Tate
at the University of Texas at (Austin) for his work on the theory of numbers (which includes the mysteries surrounding prime numbers).
For the past six decades, Tate has been a leader in this area with many landmark results named for him, including, the Tate module, Tate cycle, Serre-Tate parameter, Tate trace, Tate curve, Hodge-Tate decompositions…
The Abel Prize recognizes contributions of extraordinary depth and influence to the mathematical sciences and has been awarded annually since 2003. It carries a huge cash award of approximately $1,000,000 US.
Previous winners are:
2003: Jean-Pierre Serre
2004: Sir Michael Francis Atiyah and Isadore M. Singer
2005: Peter D. Lax
2006: Lennart Carleson
2007: Srinivasa S. R. Varadhan
2008: John Griggs Thompson and Jacques Tits
2009: Mikhail Leonidovich Gromov
This reminds me of a few of my exams back in the day (via Reddit):