TED Talk Tuesday: Part 2

In light of all of the debate over the SOPA/PIPA controversy, I was delighted to see this lighthearted talk that takes a look at the math behind the claims that the music/movie industry makes about their losses due to copyright infringement. TED Talk Tuesday part 3 coming around 6:00 today.

Writers at The Onion Must Be Jealous!

I bet that they wish that they could have come up with this one, but this is apparently entirely legitimate. The headline alone is worth the post, but I’ll include part of the article just to back it up (there are more specifics in the full piece, found here). (HT: Jesse Thouin) CCTV police officer […]

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 […]