Archive | January 2012

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A Matter of Perspective

While I do grump about being in the middle, and wonder if everything I run would work on Linux, I’m don’t have the money to be on the right.

A New Morbid Fascination …

What would happen if you put a baked pie in the middle of a cake? Someone, somewhere decided to try this. A former student (Chris Tierney) posted this to Google+ via Slacktivist on Patheos (where it is called a Laodicean dessert, bonus points if you figure out why). I followed the link there to the source […]

A Fun Piano Guys Video

This is probably my favorite video from The Piano Guys (and I’ve watched quite a few). Enjoy! (This one is for you, Heather Martin!)

An Exercise for the Patient

At the University of Queensland they have a Physics experiment that has been going on since 1927. The initial setup alone took three years before the experiment itself could begin in 1930. The experiment is ongoing with no end in sight. Here is the story from the University website: The first Professor of Physics at […]

Some Amazing Piano Playing

This is for my pianist friends, and those who appreciate beautiful playing. Love the constant views of his fingerwork!

The Mathematics of the Game SET

SET is an extremely addictive, fast-paced card game found in toy stores nationwide. Although children often beat adults, the game has a rich mathematical structure linking it to the combinatorics of fi nite affine and projective spaces and the theory of error-correcting codes. Last year an unexpected connection to Fourier analysis was used to settle a basic question directly related to the […]

On Fracking, the Science is Clear

Unfortunately, while the science on natural gas fracking is clear, the public debate does not reflect this fact. Why? Here is a take from an op-ed piece in the NY Post by Jon Entine: The academic face of the anti-fracking movement — Cornell marine ecologist Robert Howarth — increasingly looks like he’s willing to turn science […]