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The New And The Next: Making Math And Microscopes More Accessible : NPRFrom popularizing a feared subject to scaling down high-tech tools, here are two examples of experts solving complicated problems with simplicity.
http://www.npr.org/2014/04/12/301809660/making-math-and-microscopes-more-accessible?utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=npr&utm_campaign=nprnews&utm_content=04132014http://huffduffer.com/grankabeza/157548
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Sun, 13 Apr 2014 06:55:57 GMTmathematicsmathscienceIs Canada failing the grade at math? | The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti | CBC RadioCanada has dropped below the Top Ten in international math education standings, a change that seems to coincide with increasing parental concern that too few students are learning basic math skills.
Today, we confront a different calculus in math education.
http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2013/12/04/is-canada-failing-the-grade-at-math/http://huffduffer.com/jkoskie/139463
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Mon, 16 Dec 2013 03:32:47 GMTmath educationorganization for economic co-operation and development (oecd)council of ministers of educationontario association for mathematics educationthe current cbcanna maria tremontiBook Interview: 'The Simpsons And Their Mathematical Secrets' : NPRAuthor Simon Singh's new book teases out the mathematical references hidden in The Simpsons. Singh tells NPR's Scott Simon that the show's writing team includes several trained mathematicians â and that the logical bends and breaks of writing comedy can be very appealing to the mathematically minded.
http://www.npr.org/2013/10/26/240586188/divide-by-doh-the-mathematical-secrets-of-the-simpsons?utm_source=nprbooks&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=nprbooksfacebook&utm_content=socialflowhttp://huffduffer.com/grankabeza/133072
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Mon, 28 Oct 2013 14:49:24 GMTnprthe simpsonsmathematicsmathTony Conrad: Music and MathematicsTony Conrad is the pioneer of ‘Eternal Music’, “a droning, mesmerizing performance idiom that employs long durations, amplification, and precise pitch to explore new worlds of sound”. Conrad “forged new creative directions that proved enormously influential on successive generations of artists ranging in background from pop to the avant-garde.”
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Thu, 17 Oct 2013 21:37:11 GMTmusicmathematicsmelbournewheeler centretony conradTED: Adam Spencer: Why I fell in love with monster prime numbers - Adam Spencer (2013)They're millions of digits long, and it takes an army of mathematicians and machines to hunt them down -- what's not to love about monster primes? Adam Spencer, comedian and lifelong math geek, shares his passion for these odd numbers, and for the mysterious magic of math.http://huffduffer.com/adactio/126358
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Tue, 3 Sep 2013 22:48:00 GMTtedprime numbersmathematicscomedy1729 — The First Taxicab NumberEpisode five of A Further Five Numbers, the BBC radio series presented by Simon Singh.
Curious properties sometimes lurk within seemingly undistinguished numbers. 1729 sparked one of maths most famous anecdotes: a young Indian, Srinivasa Ramanujan, lay dying of TB in a London hospital. G.H. Hardy, the leading mathematician in England, visited him there. "I came over in cab number 1729," Hardy told Ramanujan. "That seems a rather dull number to me."
"Oh, no!" Ramanujan exclaimed. "1729 is the smallest number you can write as the sum of two cubes, in two different ways." Most of us would use a computer to figure out that 1³ 12³ = 9³ 10³ = 1729. Ramanujan did it from his sickbed without blinking.http://huffduffer.com/matthewmcg/100272
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Tue, 5 Feb 2013 19:35:21 GMTmathematicsfive numbersbook:author=simon singhbbc1729ramanujan numberstaxicab numbers6.67 x 10^-11 – The Number That Defines the Universe.Episode four of A Further Five Numbers, the BBC radio series presented by Simon Singh.
Newton’s equation of gravity included a number G, which indicates the strength of gravitation. It took 100 years before the shy Englishman Henry Cavendish (he left notes for his maids because he was too shy to talk to women) measured G to be 6.67 x 10^-11 Nm²/Kg². It allowed him to weigh the Earth itself. There has been an ever-greater desire to measure this number with accuracy, which even implied an antigravity at times. How did we measure this tiny number and what does it mean for the universe? The Astronomer Royal Martin Rees explains that a large value for G would mean that stars would burn too quickly and a low value would mean that the stars would not form in the first place, so is G perfectly tuned for life? Is God a mathematician?http://huffduffer.com/Torvald/94266
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Thu, 13 Dec 2012 09:22:41 GMTmathematicsfive numbersbook:author=simon singhbbcgravitymartin reesgravitationscience1 — The Most Popular NumberEpisode one of A Further Five Numbers, the BBC radio series presented by Simon Singh.
Literally, the most popular number, as it appears more often than any other number. More specifically, the first digit of all numbers is a 1 about 30% of the time, whereas it is 9 just 4% of time. This was accidentally discovered by the engineer Frank Benford. It works for all numbers – mountain heights, river lengths, populations, etc.http://huffduffer.com/Torvald/94263
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Thu, 13 Dec 2012 09:21:46 GMTmathematicsfive numbersbook:author=simon singhbbconebenford's law1,000 Years of Mathematics: Henry Briggs | Gresham Collegehttp://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/1000-years-of-mathematics-henry-briggshttp://huffduffer.com/jcaudle/93933
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Mon, 10 Dec 2012 17:43:55 GMTgresham collegelecturesfreeprofessor robin wilsonthe history of mathematicsRemembering The Father Of Artificial Intelligence : NPRJohn McCarthy, the computer scientist who coined the term "artificial intelligence" in 1955, died Monday at age 84. Weekend Edition's math guy Keith Devlin has this remembrance.
http://www.npr.org/2011/10/29/141823759/remembering-the-father-of-artificial-intelligencehttp://huffduffer.com/chrisaldrich/93397
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Wed, 5 Dec 2012 18:12:06 GMTmathematicskeith devlinTo Make Algebra Fun, Rethink The Problem : NPRFor most people, the word "algebra" conjures classroom memories of Xs and Ys. Weekend Edition's math guy, Keith Devlin, says that's because most schools do a terrible job of teaching it. He talks with host Scott Simon about what algebra really is. Plus, Devlin explains how algebra took off in Baghdad, the Silicon Valley of the ninth century.
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Wed, 5 Dec 2012 18:11:54 GMTmathematicskeith devlinFinally, The Physics Of The Ponytail Explained : NPRScientists in Britain have been trying to determine whether the shape of a ponytail can be deduced from the properties of a single hair. Host Scott Simon talks with Weekend Edition Math Guy Keith Devlin about a new, soon-to-be-published study that has the answer.
http://www.npr.org/2012/02/18/147090057/finally-the-physics-of-the-ponytail-explainedhttp://huffduffer.com/chrisaldrich/93395
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Wed, 5 Dec 2012 18:11:41 GMTmathematicskeith devlinMathematician's Work Lives On In Everyday Life : NPRThe British computer pioneer and wartime code-breaker Alan Turing was born 100 years ago Saturday. With today's world so dominated by the computer, Turing's work impacts all our lives on a daily basis. Host Scott Simon talks with Stanford professor Keith Devlin about this remarkable man.
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Wed, 5 Dec 2012 18:11:23 GMTmathematicskeith devlinMath En Masse: Teaching Online For Free : NPRHost Scott Simon talks with Weekend Edition math guy Keith Devlin, who recently wrapped up his first MOOC, or massive open online course. He taught an Introduction to Mathematical Thinking course to 62,000 students from around the world, ages 16 to 70.
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Wed, 5 Dec 2012 18:10:50 GMTmathematicskeith devlinSteven Strogatz: The Joy Of X : NPRIn The Joy of X: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity, mathematician Steven Strogatz provides an entertaining refresher course in math, starting with the most elementary ideas, such as counting, and finishing with mind-bending theories of infinity--including the idea that some infinities can be bigger than others.
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Mon, 5 Nov 2012 09:13:39 GMTnprmathematicssciencebook:author=steven strogatzbook:title=the joy of xAttack of the algorithms - Background Briefing - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)Robot traders are dominating stock markets using high speed computer algorithms. Human traders and government regulators canât keep up, and markets could be one programming glitch away from the next big crash. Stan Correy investigates.
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/backgroundbriefing/2012-09-09/4242538http://huffduffer.com/theJBJshow/84352
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Wed, 12 Sep 2012 06:16:32 GMTradio:programme=background briefingfinancetradingcomputerstechnologyfutureprogrammingmathematicsIn Our Time With Melvyn Bragg: Random and PseudorandomMelvyn Bragg and guests discuss random and pseudorandom numbers. Randomness will be familiar to anybody who’s bought a lottery ticket or shuffled a pack of cards. But there’s also a phenomenon known as pseudo-randomness –numbers which look random but aren’t. So why are these numbers useful and how can they be generated? Melvyn is joined by Marcus du Sautoy, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford; Colva Roney-Dougal, Senior Lecturer in Pure Mathematics at the University of St Andrews; and Timothy Gowers, Royal Society Research Professor in Mathematics at the University of Cambridge.
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Sat, 23 Jun 2012 12:06:56 GMTbbcin our timesciencemathematicsrandomnesschancenumbersNerdist Podcast: Danica McKellar « NerdistThe guys sit down with Danica McKellar for a stellar conversation about growing up Winnie Cooper, her passion for math and how to give children confidence through education. Danica is WAY smart. She has a theorem named after her for crapsake! This ep takes wonderful turns that you may not expect!
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Tue, 17 Apr 2012 21:29:01 GMTnerdistmathematicsbook:author=danica mckellarfilm:actor=danica mckellarThe algorithm - Future Tense - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)It’s one of the great unseen drivers of our world—silently altering and shaping our social lives, the way we communicate, our access to information, our economies, our culture, the very future itself. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you—the algorithm! OK, It’s not as dramatic as all that, but if we’d said 'We’re doing a program on mathematical codes' … Well, why would you bother to tune in!
Guests
John MacCormick, Professor of Computer Science at Dickinson College, Pennsylvania and author of '9 Algorithms That Changed The Future'.
Ted Striphas, Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at Indiana University's Department of Communication and Culture.
Nick Meaney, CEO of Epagogix Ltd.
Michael Kearns, Professor and National Centre Chair, Department of Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania.
Andreas Calianos, Partner and Chief Investment Officer at Dome Equities LLC.
Publications
Title: 9 Algorithms That Changed The Future
Author: John MacCormick
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Further Information
John MacCormick's webpage (http://users.dickinson.edu/~jmac/)
Ted Striphas' Webpage (http://www.indiana.edu/~bookworm/)
Ted Striphas blog posts on algorithmic culture (http://www.thelateageofprint.org/category/algorithmic-culture/)
Michael Kearns' Webpage (http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~mkearns/)
Epagogix (http://www.epagogix.com/)
TED Talk on 'how algorithms shape our world' (http://www.ted.com/talks/kevin_slavin_how_algorithms_shape_our_world.html)
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Sun, 15 Apr 2012 04:13:25 GMTradio:programme=future tenseradio:presenter=antony funnellmathematicscomputersprogramminghistoryMathematical art, search and robotsThis week Jamillah learns how maths translates into hair accessories and what a search engine looks like from the inside. Meanwhile, Chris Vallance finds out more about our relationships with robotic friends.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/outriders/2011/12/mathematical_art_search_and_ro.shtmlhttp://huffduffer.com/kevinpacheco/58129
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