Math

The Promise of Infinite Monkeys    The proverbial monkeys typing for eternity will eventually produce the works of Shakespeare, so they say.  Given an infinite supply of something (time, space, monkey poo), astoundingly rare events are inevitable.  Read about the strangest outcomes you can get from infinity…
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The Formula That Plots Itself      That’s so meta…This mathematical formula, like many formulae, can be plotted on a graph.  But when you plot this one, it creates a picture of itself!
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Benford’s Law    One of the stranger laws of nature I’ve ever heard of.  Pick a number out of your day-to-day life — stock prices, baseball stats, addresses, I don’t care what it is.  There’s a pattern to the digits of these numbers that I bet you didn’t know existed…
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Experimental Math     What you get when you subtract theorems from math.

Part I:  Fun With Number Theory — exploring the sum of prime factors of integers, for no good reason.

Part II:   The Naughty Naughty Life of Pi – exploring the digits of Pi, for an excellent reason:  to find naughty words!!!

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How to Make an Artificial Windbag      As if I didn’t write enough BS myself…  How to write a simple computer program that “talks”, when you give it something to learn from.
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 Aaron  More Fun With Number Theory    We had some fun, earlier in the “Experimental Math” section, when we tried out some experimental number theory.  But what do other people do?  For one thing, they name mathematical concepts after Hank Aaron.
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 fermi How Do You Solve a Problem Like Fermi?    Quick! How many people in the world have the same number of hairs on their head as you? How long would all the DNA in your body be, if you stretched it all out end-to-end? How big is a mole of moles? Find out more, in our compilation of our favorite Fermi Problems!
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