Math in Life

Want a Good Career? Consider Math/Stats!

Yet another ranking of top jobs has highlighted careers in Mathematics and Statistics as among the very best career options. I’m not sure exactly what to make of the ranking, since the graphic they used at the top doesn’t seem to correspond to the piece, and there seems to be a ranking on the top […]

An Interesting Take on Units

The creator of the famous and popular xkcd webcomic has done a weird analysis on his “What If” blog. The post is based on a reader question about how long you would expect it to take if you laid outdoors until a bird pooped in your mouth. Yep, actual question. The analysis is mildly interesting, but even […]

Measuring Ministry Success without Worrying About Numbers

A nice piece on effective youth ministry from Kurt Willems today. (HT: Rob Martin) Willems talks about his experience early in his career as a youth pastor where he was basically told that the worth of his ministry was related to how many students showed up. Willems suggests a different economy: Many people ask me […]

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.

Math Humor from Frazz

If you don’t read Frazz daily, I really think that you are missing out. Here is a particularly good one from a few days ago:

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 […]