Taxicab Numbers

Taxicab Numbers Every positive integer was one of his personal friends.  — G.H. Hardy In 1913, a mathematical prodigy from India, named Srinivasa Ramanujan, started to mail formulae and conjectures to British mathematicians. Ramanujan had largely self-taught himself numbers, as he surpassed all possible educational opportunities at a young age. By 11, two university students who …

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Chladni Plates

Chladni Plates by Deborah Stout  I recently watched The Rings of Power, the prequel series to The Lord of the Rings.  As the first episode fired up, the opening sequence rolled and I saw something that was only recently familiar to me. A still from the opening credits of The Rings of Power For the last several …

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Pi Day

Pi Day Much of the world at large renders dates with a method that appears alien to many Americans: DD/MM/YY. This approach avoids many ambiguities and, if we’re being honest, is most likely the superior technique. At least one indisputable data point in the date format wars, however,  falls squarely in favor of the MM/DD/YY …

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