Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Maths in the news

Doing the Math on a Groupon Deal

'Dancing with the Stars' math made easy

Climate Change Math in Treaties Flawed by Suspect Calculations

A culture of Mathematics

Club gives Waterloo West students a hands-on approach to math

Klein Bottle Opener

Maths formula proves giraffes can swim

Mathematics has proven that giraffes can swim - even though they wouldn't be very good at it and nobody has ever seen them do it.

Child geniuses: What happens when they grow up?

Why thinking about nothing is energy-


Mathematicians studying the curious phenomenon of people trying to think about nothing have made an interesting discovery about how our brains work. It turns out that stopping a thought burns energy in the same way that thinking does.

Why Thinking of Nothing Can Be So Tiring

Math, sex and tattoos: Cal prof stirs it up with short film

Secret of Big Caves Revealed by Math

The Increasing Importance of Math for Journalists :

Post stories that just don't add up

Books: 'Old Dogs, New Math' an aid for parents when it doesn't add up

Virginia high school uses poker to teach math

Poker at Falls Church high school stirs debate

Conrad Wolfram: Teaching kids real math with computers

"We have a real problem with math education right now," says technologist Conrad Wolfram in his TEDTalk.

'Eureka machine' can discover laws of nature

The machine formulates laws by observing the world and detecting patterns in the vast quantities of data it has collected


Math in the News Archive



  1. Those folks in some zen-like posture who seem to be thinking of nothing but "nothing" day and night seem to be using little energy!

    Maybe it's just a matter of training!

    If thinking of nothing is tiring, doing nothing is really "doing something"⎯frustratingly boring!

  2. It's not easy. It can be overwhelming if you attempt to do too much nothing at once.

    I've tried it before. I started small. I did shut off all kinds of distractions, such as, music, TV, computer, cell phones and regular phone.

    Zen requires you to sit still and empty from inside.
    I couldn't sit in the lotus pose with my spine straight.

    Then, Zen requires you to do breathing exercise, that is, to inhale and exhale, and to count.

    This is where I got distracted because I couldn't help me myself but to think of interesting number sequences with the inhaling and exhaling.

    Zen techniques tells you after few days of practising, you will stop counting and the breathing will go on itself, and you won't be aware of the inhalation or exhalation. And you will be able to sit silently, and be aware of the moment.

    This does not work for me.