During the Siege of Syracuse (213-212 BC), Greek mathematician Archimedes refused to abandon the geometry equation he was working on during a battle. His last words before being killed by a Roman soldier were: β€œDon't disturb my circles!” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Renaissance sword fighting actually used geometry in sword techniques. northernrenaissance.org/t…
Danica McKellar, the actress who played Winnie Cooper on the Wonder Years, went on to write six books on mathematics, including "Hot X: Algebra Exposed," "Kiss My Math," and "Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Today I learned about Richard Feynman who taught himself trigonometry, advanced algebra, infinite series, analytic geometry, and both differential and integral calculus at the age of 15. Later he jokingly Cracked the Safes with Atomic Secrets at Los Alamos by trying numbers he thought a physicist might use. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
Einstein actually had good grades in school, with the highest scores in his A-levels for algebra, geometry, descriptive geometry, history and physics. His reputation for being bad at school comes from his dislike of school authority, leading to clashes with teachers. gizmodo.com/einstein-actu…
Adam Steltzner, chief engineer of NASA's Mars 2020 project, was a music college dropout who failed high school geometry. He took his first physics class in a local community college only because it was a prerequisite for another class. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ada…
Demetri Martin, while studying at Yale submitted a 224 word palindromic poem for a fractal geometry course project. users.math.yale.edu/publi…
A chiral pair of molecules have the same components but are mirror images in terms of geometry, making them smell different to the human nose. For example, spearmint and caraway are the same molecules in composition, but their shapes create different odors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Today I learned about the Mathematician Fry Lewis Richardson who discovered that it is impossible to measure the length of coastlines in a meaningful manner. This so-called Coastline Paradox later led to the creation of the field of Fractal Geometry. mathsection.com/from-coas…
Triathlon bikes have a different frame geometry than regular road cycles not only for improved aerodynamics but also minimize the overlap of muscles that will be used in the running portion of the race. Apparently this makes triathlon bikes extremely unpleasant to ride comparatively en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
Nikolai Lobachevsky was known as he "Copernicus of Geometry" due to the revolutionary character of his work. His achievement is the development of a non-Euclidean geometry but he died in poverty, nearly blind and unable to walk en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nik…
Orthocarbonic Acid is called "Hitler's Acid" because its molecular geometry resembles a swastika en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ort…
It is impossible to comb the hair on a coconut flat. This is a consequence of a theorem in geometry called the "Hairy Ball Theorem". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hai…
Abraham Lincoln studied Euclidean geometry avidly. He carried the geometry books with him on the circuit till he could demonstrate with ease all the propositions in the six books; often studying far into the night, with a candle near his pillow, while his fellow-lawyers dozed off gogeometry.com/math_geome…
Today I learned of a street drug called Bromo-DragonFLY, named after the way its molecular geometry resembles ...a dragon fly en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
The original Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival came about following a dream by designer Bill Harkin. With references to the geometry of Glastonbury Abbey and the 'key to the cosmos', the base was 1/100th of the Great Pyramid of Giza. The latest stage is four times its size. designingbuildings.co.uk/…
Harvard University recorded in 1870 that of the 210 candidates who took its admissions test the June before, β€œ185 were admitted.” Candidates had the benefit of a focused prep school education and the exam ranges from geography to geometry to Latin businessinsider.com/harva…
Today I learned about Pantograph, a simple mechanical device to scale drawings up or down AND change proportions using a parallelogram's geometry en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
The Sydney Opera House's shape was described by using an orange, "The one, unifying geometry linking all the spherical surfaces is a radius of approximately 74 metres, a solution that was explained by peeling an orange and laying out its wedged-shaped segments in a certain way." dictionaryofsydney.org/en…
The Rubik's cube was initially invented as a working model to help explain three-dimensional geometry, instead of a kid's toy. telegraph.co.uk/technolog…
Plato believes that people acquire knowledge of geometry before we were born, as we do not acquire the basic truths of math and science through observation so therefore our souls must have lived in a perfect universe before birth books.google.ca/books?id=…
Thomas Jefferson only put three things in his epitaph one of them was that he drafted Virginia's statute of religious freedom, which states (among other things): That our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions any more than our opinions in physics or geometry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vir…
Pythagoras, the ancient Greek mathematician and discoverer of theorems in geometry, forbade his followers from eating beans because of their resemblance to human fetuses, and that "to eat a bean would therefore be akin to eating human flesh." philosophynow.org/issues/…
Fractal geometry can be seen as a "blueprint" for many systems in nature. They build larger units by simply making a lot of tiny copies of one unit, then putting them together. This can also be seen in many parts of the human body, e.g. the branching of vessels. users.math.yale.edu/publi…
M.C. Escher created a recursive print called "Print Gallery" that he was unable to complete because of the complexity of the remaining region. A pair of Dutch mathematicians recently modeled the geometry of the print and completed the illustration. escherdroste.math.leidenu…
Galileo originally studied medicine, but after glancing at a geometry class while he was bored of his studies at his university, he became "so entranced with the lecturer that he was impelled to listen and watch" and later decided to study mathematics math.wichita.edu/history/…
Its possible to draw a triangle with 3 90ΒΊ angles - on a Sphere - using Spherical Geometry nrich.maths.org/1434
Once two men savagely attacked a furniture salesman outside a bar giving him a brain injury, but also turned him into a mathematical genius who sees the world through the lens of geometry. livescience.com/45349-bra…
Today I learned of the Banach–Tarski paradox, a mathematical theorem in set theory geometry which proves that it's possible to convert one sphere into two using nothing but cuts and rotations, but only with objects that don't actually exist. mathworld.wolfram.com/Ban…
Theta (ΞΈ), a symbol that is widely used in geometry, was the symbol of death in Ancient Greece. By contrast, Tau (d) was the symbol of life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 500 B.C., famous Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras of Samos founded a semireligious school whose motto was "Everything is number". Their studies were called "mathema" (meaning "what is learned") and consisted of music, astronomy, geometry and arithmetic. primes.utm.edu/glossary/x…
A billion term physics problem was reduced to a single page of Geometry by converting the problem into a "amplituhedron". This was made possible by an important function that was found in the 1980s when a pair of scientists guessed the solution to a 9 page formula and succeeded. quantamagazine.org/201309…
Long held belief that one could identify a Jackson Pollock painting by determining whether or not the brush strokes and pain flecks showed fractal geometry had been proven false in a study in which fake Jackson style paintings tested positive for the fractals physicsbuzz.physicscentra…
"Just go 4 blocks east and 6 blocks north" is called taxicab geometry en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tax…
Humans were considered the first computers starting in the early 17th century. These individuals would compute long calculations pertaining to algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and astronomy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum…
A baker's dozen originates in the geometry of bread making. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bak…
ErnΓΆ Rubik initially invented the Rubik's Cube in order to help explain three-dimensional geometry. He eventually became the first self-made millionaire from the communist block for his invention. rubiks.com/world/cube_fac…
After 1918 Armistice allied forces made a small geometry mistake when occupying Germany giving birth to a microstate named Free State Bottleneck. It was abolished in 1923. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
- Einstein would not have his General Theory of Relativity if it weren't for a non-Eulicean branch of Geometry called Reimannian Geometry en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rie…
For some of his work, M.C. Escher was inspired by H.S.M. Coxeter, a (famous) mathematician who told him about hyperbolic geometry. youtube.com/watch?v=JkhuM…
In 1882, there were job postings to recruit 'computers,' those skilled in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and astronomy query.nytimes.com/mem/arc…
Archimedes was killed (according to some accounts) because he was too absorbed in a geometry problem to deal with petty annoyances such as an invading Roman army sacking and massacring his city. math.nyu.edu/~crorres/Arc…
The first 32 digits of PI using the mnemonic "How I want a drink, alcoholic of course, after the heavy lectures involving quantum mechanics. All of thy geometry, Herr Planck, is fairly hard, and if the lectures were boring or tiring, then any odd thinking was on quartic equations again.” mathworld.wolfram.com/PiW…
Honeybees communicate with the colony to tell them where food is using geometry in a waggle dance en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wag…
In spherical geometry, it's possible to have a triangle with 3 right angles. The area of which is equal to 1/8 of the surface area of the sphere. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sph…
The term Cartesian (coordinates) originate form RenΓ© Descartes idea of geometry in 1637. Descartes' idea allowed for geometric relations to be expressed algebraically. Known today as Analytic Geometry. mathworld.wolfram.com/Car…
In order to solve the intricate physic and geometry questions about the universe, Isaac Newton first had to develop a new type of mathematics: Calculus en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Jackson Pollock's paintings not only mimic fractal geometry, but people tend to perceive fractal imagery differently than non-fractal imagery...without even knowing it. discovermagazine.com/2001…
The Euclid Ave in many modern cities are named to honor the 3rd century BC Greek mathematician, the father of geometry en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euc…
In Euclid's book on geometry, 'The Elements', he titled his section on Isosceles triangles the "Bridge of Asses" because people who could not "cross the bridge" to this advanced concept were considered unintelligent. planetmath.org/encycloped…

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