Less than a quarter of U.S. workers report using math any more complicated than basic fractions and percentages during the course of their jobs. Blue-collar workers generally do more advanced math than their white-collar friends theatlantic.com/business/…
Ancient Babylonians did math in base 60 instead of base 10. That's why we have 60 seconds in a minute and 360 degrees in a circle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bab…
After a student failed the math portion of Minnesota’s Basic Standards Tests her father demanded to see the exam, threatening to sue for it. A series of scoring errors were found meaning math scores for 45,739 Minnesota students were wrong and 7,935 students who were told they failed had passed. bc.edu/research/nbetpp/st…
While Jeff Bezos was a theoretical physics student at Princeton, he was struggling with a difficult math problem. He brings it to one of his friends, who solves it just by looking at it. After that, he realized he was not going to be a good theoretical physicist, and quitted the major. businessinsider.com/jeff-…
Today I learned about the moon landing’s β€˜Human Computers’. Who were a group of women, who held math and science degrees, and were responsible for managing the moon landing’s incredibly complex calculations. They also did it real-time, by written hand, and were faster than any technology available before 1970. wehackthemoon.com/people/…
A deceased man was considered a coauthor of a 1990 math paper after he appeared in a dream to the other author to explain some of the key ideas. gwern.net/docs/math/1990-…
The US gave hallucinogenic drugs to soldiers to make sure they are prepared to exposure to chemical warfare. Between 1955-75 the army used 7,000 volunteer soldiers to test LSD, nerve agents, irritants, and blistering agents. Some volunteers were asked to workout & do math while on LSD. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
Morphogenesis, the math behind for example a giraffes spots or a zebras stripes. This theory coined by Turing found that these apparently random patterns have a mathematic order. bbcearth.com/blog/?articl…
Huey Lewis got a perfect 800 on his math SAT sfgate.com/bayarea/articl…
There's a debate about whether math was invented or discovered. Even though math is used to measure and predict and model, it's debated whether math is inherent to the universe or if math is just something we came up with to describe/measure/predict natural phenomenon. huffpost.com/entry/is-mat…
A man in 2002 found a way to crack the lottery in the US state of Michigan using math and probability. He figured out that if he bought a certain amount of tickets that he would certainly make a profit. He and his wife Marge ended up making millions of dollars. bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06s…
In Canada the winner of a sweepstakes is required by law to correctly answer a skill testing question, usually math related, in order to receive the prize. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
"Dyscalculia is a learning disability in math. People with dyscalculia have trouble with math at many levels. They often struggle with key concepts like bigger vs. smaller. And they can have a hard time doing basic math problems and more abstract math." understood.org/en/learnin…
One of the reasons a full circle is 'decided' to be 360 degrees (and not a more obvious number, such as 100) because 360 is divisible by 24 different numbers, which makes it easy for math calculations. In contrast, 100 is only divisible by 9 different numbers. scienceabc.com/pure-scien…
A university maths professor helped a pig farmer prove in court that a hot air balloon startled his pigs causing them to fall into a ditch and die by using trigonometry and a photograph telegraph.co.uk/news/eart…
Theodore Streleski was a Stanford Math PhD student who didn't get his PhD after 19 years of study, and then proceeded to murder his advisor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Finding the proof for Fermat's last theorem (x^n+ y^n = z^n) was considered as the most difficult math problem and was even listed in the Guinness book of world records. Andrew Wiles cracked it in 1994 and won $ 700,000. When n=2 this is the Pythagoras Theorem. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fer…
Spain’s S-80 submarine program designed subs that were 70 tonnes too heavy, and likely sink when submerged. Cost overruns to fix it are expected to reach $9 billion. The problem was traced back to an engineer misplacing a decimal point, and had been called the most expensive math error ever. o.canada.com/news/spain-b…
Today I learned that the math, and human biology, behind listening to either analog or digital music, favors analog. blogs.scientificamerican.…
Bees perform a math dance to communicate the direction and distance to flowers, pollen, etc. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wag…
Today I learned about Eli Herring, a former Offensive Tackle for BYU who turned down an NFL contract to become a math teacher because he didn’t want playing on Sunday to come between him and his religion. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Today I learned of Lewis Fry Richardson. He derived many of the complex equations needed for weather prediction in the 1920's. However, the math was so difficult that to predict the weather six hours in advance, it took him six weeks to do the calculations. bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-…
A study found prejudice affects our abilities- When Asian girls were reminded of their ethnicity they did better at math, but when they were reminded of their gender, they did worse. secure.understandingpreju…
A college math professor wrote a fantasy "novel" workbook to teach the fundamentals of calculus. Concepts are taught through the adventures of a man who has washed ashore in the mystic land of Carmorra and the hero helps people faced with difficult mathematical problems kasmana.people.cofc.edu/M…
There is a movie about Srinivasa Ramanujan, a gifted young Indian man who grew up poor, gets into Cambridge and becomes a pioneer in mathematical theories. The film took more than ten years to create and has been praised by for its accurate portrayal of math and mathematicians en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Ted Kaczynski, The Unabomber, was a certified math genius and was accepted to Harvard in 1958 at the age of 16. history.com/news/what-hap…
The Antikythera Mechanism, over 2200 years old, is the world's first (verified/dated) analogical computer. It was used by ancient Greek and Roman mariners to chart astronomical and astrological movements and to predict eclipses. The Antikythera Mechanism could also perform math functions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Einstein failing a math exam is a myth. He failed the entrance exam to Zurich Polytechnic because he did poorly on botany, zoology and language sections. history.howstuffworks.com…
Someone did the math, and for the Noisy Cricket to knock Will Smith back in MiB, the projectile would have to be going up to a speed faster than our galaxy. youtu.be/BdaUbW0_iTc?t=26…
Georgia Moffett is Peter Davidson's (6th Doctor Who) daughter and David Tennant's (10th) wife. She also played Tennant's daughter in a Dr. Who episode. So she's 2 Doctor's daughter and 1 Doctor's wife if my math is correct. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
There is a dyslexia but for numbers and math called Dyscalculia. It means to have severe difficulty in making arithmetical calculations, as a result of brain disorder. bdadyslexia.org.uk/dyslex…
Today I learned of 7 math problems that award 1 million to anyone who can solve them. Only one of these problems has been solved. claymath.org/millennium-p…
Einstein was born missing part of the brain that influences speech and did not speak until the age of three. However, his parietal lobe, responsible for math and spatial recognition, was abnormally large en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
The Unabomber was a math prodigy, started at Harvard at 16, and received his Masters and his PhD in mathematics by the time he was 25. He also had an IQ of 167. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted…
Srinivasa Ramanujan. (Happy Birthday! 22 Dec 1887-26 Apr 1920) discovered wonderful formulae for calculating pi. "Thanks to the theoretical foundations that Ramanujan laid ... powerful computers have calculated the first 10 trillion decimals of the number pi." 22nd Dec is also India's Math Day bbvaopenmind.com/en/scien…
Plants can perform math - Venus flytraps choose whether to use energy to close its trap and start digesting based on the number of encounters with a fly. bbc.co.uk/newsround/35382…
Leonardo Da Vinci was a genius who had no schooling and could barely read Latin or do long division. But his notebooks were 7,200 pages crammed with notes and scribbles including math calculations, sketches of animals, weapons of war, and studies for paintings buffalonews.com/2017/10/1…
Math geeks actually have a set of hype-sounding jargon that they use internally within their circle. These include terms such as abstract nonsense, singularity, proof by intimidation and without loss of generality mathvault.ca/math-glossar…
Today I learned about a set of twins that reunited after 37 years in 1979. Both were named Jim by their adoptive parents, loved carpentry and math, and pursued careers in security. Even stranger, they had each married a woman named Linda and then remarried a woman named Betty. people.com/archive/two-oh…
The Chinese never calculated the circumference of the Earth. Where Eratosthenes assumed the Earth was spherical and the Sun was infinitely far away, the Chinese assumed that the Earth was flat and the Sun was just close above; the maths works either way jstor.org/stable/616189
The word "maths" is the more commonly used noun for mathematics globally grammarist.com/spelling/m…
The Teen Talk Barbie's quip "math class is tough" generated controversy among educators who feared it contributed to negative gender stereotypes. It also inspired The Simpsons episode "Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tee…
Canada, the UK, and Oceania somehow created the equivalent of maths "dialects", varying order of operations from PEMDAS with BEDMAS, BODMAS, and BIDMAS. boredpanda.com/math-equat…
The futurama writer has PhD in math and invented a new math theorem just to use in the show gizmodo.com/futurama-writ…
Terrence Howard thinks 1x1=2. He has detailed a system called "Terryology" that he believes is "true universal math". For a time he also devoted up to 17 hours a day to cutting up wires and plastic to form building-block-like contraptions he believes will bring truth to the universe. rollingstone.com/tv/news/…
Today I learned about Ruth Lawrence, who got an O-level in math at 9, graduated Oxford at 13 with starred 1st class honors in math, got a second bachelor's in physics at 14, and got her PhD in math at Oxford at 17 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rut…
Bill Gates was an introvert, even, he has said, antisocial, and his original plan was to teach math. β€œWhen I was in high school I thought, β€˜Hey, I’m a good student and therefore I should go be like a professor of mathematics” cnbc.com/2018/05/17/bill-…
In 1891, a stallion nicknamed "Clever Hans" wowed Germany by tapping out correct answers to simple math problems, including basic square roots. It was later discovered that he was deducing answers by reading the subtle, unintentional body language cues of the asker (the "Clever Hans Effect"). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cle…
Prof John Lorber discovered a maths genius who had almost no brain due to a condition known as hydrocephalus. He went on to discover many other people with 90% of their brains missing that had normal to high IQs irishtimes.com/news/remar…
It would take the avrage person 11.18 metres before you reacted when travelling at 100mph or 161 km/h. I did the math backyardbrains.com/experi…
A Russian mathematician solved a 100 year old math problem. He declined the Fields medal, $1 million in awards, and later retired from math because he hated the recognition the math community gives to people who prove things en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gri…
Today I learned of the Clever Hans phenomenon. Hans was a counting horse that was thought to solve math problems by stomping. It was later discovered that Hans was just reacting to non-verbal cues. Hans simply stopped stomping, when the question-giver seemed satisfied. skepdic.com/cleverhans.ht…
People with poor mathematical skills aren't necessarily bad at math because they are 'ungifted'. There is a phenomena called 'Math Anxiety' that makes people perform worse, which sometimes leads to math avoidance, which leads to lesser knowledge and consequently more Math anxiety. mathgoodies.com/articles/…
"Mathematica" was also the name for an exhibit of math concepts designed by Charles and Ray Eames. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
The Fields Medalβ€”the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for mathβ€”wasn't meant for the most accomplished and greatest mathematicians, instead for up-and-coming ones sciencemag.org/news/2018/…
Today I learned of self-taught mathematician and high school teacher Lu Jiaxi who made important contributions to math while living in obscurity. Tragically, he died from overwork before he began a new career as a university professor, remaining in obscurity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lu_…
A recalled obesity drug, fenfluramine, had a remarkable effect on a boy with autism. Before taking fenfluramine, Joshua's I.Q. was so low it could not be measured. After, he was able to read and do maths at a 4th grade level. nytimes.com/1997/10/26/ny…
The term dyslexia is often misused when referring to someone who has difficulty with numbers and math. Dyslexia refers to difficulty reading words, while dyscalculia refers to difficulty making sense of numbers. understood.org/en/learnin…
Acne is positively associated with overall grade point average in high school, grades in high-school English, history, math, and science and the completion of a college degree. The study also found evidence that acne is associated with higher personal labor market earnings for women bsu.edu/news/articles/201…
Tom Hanks is an avid support of NASA's manned space programs and originally wanted to be an astronaut, but "didn't have the math". He was awarded the Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award in 2006 for his contributions to raising public awareness of space programs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
The Greek Junta (1967-74) banned strikes, labor unions, long hair on men, mini-skirts, the peace symbol, the Beatles, Sophocles, Tolstoy, Aeschylus, Socrates, Eugene Ionesco, Sartre, Chekhov, Mark Twain, Dostoyevsky, Samuel Beckett, free press, new math and the letter Z ahistoryofgreece.com/junt…
The math for 'how to jerk off a room full of men' on HBO's Silicon Valley actually checks out news.avclub.com/here-s-th…
In 2010, psychologists found that pigeons outperformed college students on a variant of the Monty Hall problem, a famously vexing math puzzle. Unlike the birds, the humans β€œfailed to adopt optimal strategies, even with extensive training.” undark.org/article/i-thin…
There's a math edition of Scrabble. Each equation on the board must be true. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scr…
Jewish applicants to the math department of Moscow State University were given select problems. These were designed to prevent them and other "undesirables" from getting a passing grade arxiv.org/abs/1110.1556
A Writer for Futurama Created a New Math Theorem To Explain One of the Show's Plot Twists gizmodo.com/5618502/futur…
The Simpsons' secret formula is written by maths geeks. When one of Britain's best-known science writers went to Los Angeles to meet the show's writers for a new book, he found a team dedicated to inserting gags about complex maths problems. theguardian.com/tv-and-ra…
Today I learned about the Putnam Competition. This is one of, if not the hardest math test out there. Even the most educated people in mathematics score an average of 2/120 points on it. youtu.be/OkmNXy7er84
Today I learned of the Trachtenberg speed math system used to multiply large numbers in your head. It was developed by a Jew, Jakow Trachtenberg, while being held in a nazi concentration camp. He developed this technique as a distraction from the horrors surrounding him. trachtenbergspeedmath.com
Stefan Banach got his PhD by being tricked into taking an exam by a group of professors. He was led to believe that he was just discussing some math problems with random mathematicians. kielich.amu.edu.pl/Stefan…
Today I learned of Baker's Math: flour weight is always expressed as 100%, and sets the foundation for every other ingredient- 66% water, 2% salt, etc. thefreshloaf.com/handbook…
In 2012 Dr. R. Andrew Hicks, a maths professor from Drexel University, invented a single piece mirror that reflects a non-reversed image. techfragments.com/inventi…
Richard Feynman's claim that his IQ was only 125 was probably bogus. He earned the highest score on the Putnam competitions exam by a large margin and set the record for the highest scores on the math/physics portion of the Princeton graduate admissions exam. in-sightjournal.com/2014/…
You start your Bachelors in India when you're in 10th Grade and either focus on Business/Math or the Sciences and cannot switch your study afterwards. scholaro.com/pro/Countrie…
In maths, 'pathology' means a phenomenon whose properties are considered atypically bad or counterintuitive; the opposite of 'well-behaved'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat…
As religion and math were intertwined at the time, the mathematician Pythagoras may have executed a man for suggesting the "blasphemy" that irrational numbers exist brilliant.org/discussions…
In Forrest Gump (book) he is a giant maths genius (idiot savant), participates in a NASA space mission, is an as an actor, a pro wrestler, lives with cannibals and saves Mao Zedong's life. He doesn't marry Jenny or go running ukessays.com/essays/engli…
Chinese mathematician Yitang Zhang could not get an academic job upon graduating, having to work as an accountant and a delivery worker for a New York City restaurant. He later went on to solve a math problem that had been unsolved for 150 years and won a MacArthur Genius Grant en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yit…
Math functions, such as the exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions, are called "transcendental functions". They're said to "transcend" algebra in that they can't be expressed in terms of a finite sequence of the algebraic operations of addition, multiplication and root extraction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
The name for the branch of math, Calculus, literally translates to latin as "small pebble", as that was what were used for calculations on an abacus back in the day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
Today I learned of the Scully Effect - a phenomenon in which a large influx of young people were inspired to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) after watching the x-files tv show. fox.com/the-x-files/artic…
Today I learned of the Putnam Math Exam, a competition so difficult that the median score is near 0 out of 120 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Ancient Babylonians did math in base 60 and not base 10, giving us 60 seconds in a minute, 360 degrees in a circle, etc. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bab…
A Stanford professor did the calculations for the famous scene in Silicon Valley where they figure out the fastest way to jerk off all the guys in the room, and later published a paper detailing the math behind it youtu.be/MoY1tkQAUNI
There are infinitely many statements in math that cannot be proven true or false, and that mathematics as a whole cannot be proven to be consistent unless it is not. It will always be incomplete. mathworld.wolfram.com/Goe…
G.I Taylor was able to estimate the power released by the first atomic bomb, a secret at the time, by using the size scale, time stamp, and math. He was recruited and given clearance shortly after he published his results. geosci.uchicago.edu/~kite…
Ruth Lawrence, a child prodigy, passed the Oxford University maths exam at age 10, coming first out of all 530 candidates, she then completed the degree a year early by age 13. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/R…
A Chinese mathematical genius who had won a gold medal in the International Maths Olympiad denied a full Scholarship to MIT, and chose to become a monk in a Buddhist Monastery chinadaily.com.cn/2010-09…
The Unabomber was so smart that for his PHD thesis he solved a math problem that even his own math professor couldn't solve. Another math professor said of his thesis "I'd guess that only 10 or 12 people in the country could understand or appreciate it." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted…
There is a math version of Scrabble, with 0~9, + - * / ^ and ≑ (always equal) tiles. A legal "word" is a correct equation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scr…
Some children have such a legitimate fear of math that brain scans actually show their amygdalae (fear centers) activate when faced with a math problem. vocativ.com/news/229603/m…
In 2004 Google anonymously posted math equations on billboards in Harvard Square and Silicon Valley that if solved led to a website with another equation, which in turn allowed you to submit your resume. npr.org/templates/story/s…
In a 1989 study testing the math skills of random 13 year olds, Koreans came in first and Americans last. When these students were asked whether or not they were good at math, 68% of Americans said yes, while only 23% of Koreans answered the same. articles.latimes.com/1989…
Jimmy Fallon initially majored in Computer Science but dropped out a semester shy of a degree and switched to Communications. "I got out once it got really hard. I made it up to C++. Then I couldn't do the math – it got really confusing." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
There is a 100-year-old woman still teaching math at her elementary school in Brooklyn dnainfo.com/new-york/2014…
American schoolchildren rank 25th in math and 21st in science out of the top 30 developed countries....but ranked 1st in confidence that they outperformed everyone else education.com/magazine/ar…
Math dyslexia is a real, diagnosable condition called dyscalculia. understood.org/en/learnin…
For hundreds of years, "Computer" was a job title for a person who did math problems all day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum…
A former math professor with a PhD from Stanford University specializing in statistics has won the lottery FOUR times dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…
The average GRE math score is occasionally higher for physics majors than math majors. They earn the two highest average GRE scores overall. blogs.discovermagazine.co…

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