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Just got my xkcd book!

So I finally ordered the xkcd volume 0 book after it’s been available for two years and got it in the mail yesterday! Hopefully this will provide the motivation I need to finally create an SM book (volume lwh). The only problem now is to find the time to do it!!

Google doodles Fermat

The Google logo for today is: Why you may ask? Well, it’s none other than Pierre de Fermat’s 410th birthday! Pierre de Fermat was born on August 17, 1601 and died at the age of 63 on January 12, 1665.

New Domain

UPDATE: We moved MathFail.com to Math-Fail.com so please update your bookmarks accordingly. If you are subscribed to the feedburner url, then you don’t have to change anything! Sorry if I messed up your feed (in google reader it showed 99 unread items after moving the feed)! Sorry sorry sorry! I wanted to move the site …

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The Pi Manifesto

Recently, pi has been under “attack” by a new constant called tau. You can read about it here: The original article Ï€ is wrong written by Bob Palais (published in 2000/2001). The Tau Manifesto written by Michael Hartl (launched on June 28th, 2010). The video Pi is (still) wrong by Vi Hart (uploaded on March …

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Happy Tau Day

Today (June 28th) is Tau Day! Make sure you eat twice as much pie today as you did on Pi Day (March 14). Tau is introduced in The Tau Manifesto (by Michael Hartl and motivated by Palais, Robert [“Pi Is Wrong!“, The Mathematical Intelligencer, Volume 23, Number 3, 2001, pp. 7-8.]). It suggests that it …

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FBI needs help to crack code

The FBI has released two notes in code that relate to the murder case of Ricky McCormick from 1999. McCormick had been murdered and his body was dumped in a field. The only clues were the two encrypted notes below that were found in the victim’s pockets. Despite several experts working on the code (including …

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Math websites and Aprils Fools day

The first is xkcd, who is apparently trying to give us all headaches by turning every comic into 3D looking: As you move your mouse around the boxes/perspective changes. Next, Wolfram|Alpha is apparently now Bieber|Beta: