An Extraordinary Scientist Who Delights in the Mundane

Ig Nobel Prize winner L. Mahadevan is profiled, by Steve Nadis, in Quanta magazine: A Scientist Who Delights in the Mundane Mahadevan uses mathematics and physics to explore commonplace phenomena, showing that many of the objects and behaviors we take for granted, and consequently give little thought to, are quite extraordinary upon closer examination… He […]

You can lead a horse’s ass to wonder, but you can’t make him think

This tiny video, by Gracie Cunningham, is a beautifully subtle example of how to make people laugh, then think. The twitter comment about it, by Alex Turner, is a good example of how you can lead a horse’s ass to wonder, but you can’t make him think. Gracie Cunningham was bombarded, on Twitter, with […]

The Shoelace Catastrophe, examined today at Cornell

Cornell University is hosting a talk today about the how-do-shoelaces-come-untied problem— specifically about the math and physics of it: MAE Colloquium: “The Shoelace Catastrophe (or a Knotty Problem on a Shoestring“) Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 4:00pm, B11 Kimball Hall ABSTRACT: The accidental untying of a shoelace while walking often occurs without warning. Modeling and […]

Innovative Scientists Talk About Their Childhood (14): Nicole Sharp hating math class

Here’s Nicole Sharp talking about what happened when she hated math class when she was a child. What happened excited Nicole in a way that led to her eventual unusual career. Nicole created and runs FYFD, the most popular fluid dynamics web site in this part of the universe. ABOUT THIS LITTLE VIDEO SERIES—This is […]

The possibilities of math(s) genes [new study]

If you experience any difficulties in visualising the implications of equations like these  . . . – could your genetic makeup be sub-optimal? They’re from a new study published in bioRxiv which examines Genetic Associations with Mathematics Tracking and Persistence in Secondary School  The research project (from the Department of Psychology and Population Research Center, […]