As far back as 1928, the USSR had a water-based analog computer that used functioned by careful manipulation of water through a room full of interconnected pipes and pumps, water levels to store numbers, and rate of flow between them represented math operations. Used until the 1970s. digitaljournal.com/articl…
Today I learned about Hans, a horse that could do maths as long as someone else in the room knew the answer. He read the cues and facial tension to come to the answer that was asked of him amusingplanet.com/2020/05…
In 1994, students in Kaktovik, Alaska created a new system of numerals to reflect the way counting is done in their language: in base 20. The system is relatively easy to learn and even makes basic math easier. It has since been widely adopted in Inupiaq communities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kak…
Today I learned about an experiment done between 1929-1935 that found that students only needed 1 year of Math in Grade 6 to perform just as well as other students that had been doing Math lessons for 6 years. inference.org.uk/sanjoy/b…
Christopher Havens, a convicted murderer solves ancient math problem in prison. Taught himself higher math and solved the age-old math puzzle of number theory involving so-called continued fractions over which Euclid has already racked his brains. He then published the journal in January 2020. dw.com/en/murderer-solves…
Math Duels were common in Italy in the 1500s. Mathematicians would challenge each other to prove their mental superiority and to win fame and riches along with better salaries and more students. Those who lost would lose their job for the rest of their life as a teacher. historynewsnetwork.org/ar…
Renowned scientist Michael Faraday, whose work on electromagnetism made him one of the most influential physicists in history, had little formal education. In particular his knowledge of maths extended only to the simplest algebra, and he was unaware of trigonometry. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
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…
Jason Padgett was hit in the head after a violent attack in 2002, this attack in turn made him acquire Savant Syndrome, which gave his extremely good math skills and a different view in the world, with water looking like flowing lines as opposed to the smoothness most of us see. bbc.com/future/article/20…
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…
The solution to the world's largest math problem, calculated in 2016 using a supercomputer, takes up 200 TB of text (equal to the entire content of the world’s largest library). The award for solving the problem, posed in the 1980s, was $100, and was given to the three researchers who solved it techtimes.com/articles/16…
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-…
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-…
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…
Starting in 1817, the first year curriculum at West Point consisted solely of mathematics and French classes. The best available textbooks were in French, so all cadets had to learn French so they could read their math texts. maa.org/book/export/html/…
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…
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/…
The Learned Pig was an attraction that debuted sometime around 1760 in London. It was trained to do math, tell the time, play cards and more. The pig was a huge success and inspired a number of imitations, including one pig in the States that was eventually accused of witchcraft. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lea…
The Rhind Mathematical Papyrus contains Math Questions about Pyramids. E.g.: Find the height of a pyramid with a given slope and base length. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhi…
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…
In 1876 Vincent Van Gogh spent 3 months working as a teachers assistant at a boarding school in Ramsgate, England teaching Maths and French to 24 boys between the ages of 10 and 14. theoldie.co.uk/blog/van-g…
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…
Leading scientists have unravelled the cause of one of life’s greatest mysteries by discovering the secrets of why our socks go missing in the wash and they devised a math formula to predict the probability of being left in a spin with odd socks after a washing load. news.samsung.com/global/s…
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-…
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…
Today I learned about the Potato Paradox, a counter-intuitive math calculation that states: If you have 100 lbs of potatoes made of 99% water and dehydrate them to be just 98% water, they would then weigh only 50 lbs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pot…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Because lotteries are illegal in Canada, companies tie the award to a game of skill, which is typically asking an elementary math question youtu.be/jOmnx-V1zBo
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…
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…
Honeybees can learn basic math such as subtraction and addition advances.sciencemag.org/c…
"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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Today I learned that the math, and human biology, behind listening to either analog or digital music, favors analog. blogs.scientificamerican.…

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