Monthly Archives: December 2004

Help Ducky Find Its Way

A simple but very well designed flash game. Unfortunately there is only one level. Read on for a suggestion on how to solve it.

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According to the Bible

Pure maths is important because “Prove all things, hold fast that which is good” 1 Thessalonians 5:21 (King James Version) But then the student can always counter “Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the … Continue reading

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Fee Fi Fo Fum

Americans pronounce [tex]\phi[/tex] as “fie” as in “fi-nite”. Being a Greek letter, I think the correct pronounciation should be “fee”. But to be consistent, you would have to pronounce [tex]\pi[/tex] as “pee” instead of the generally accepted “pie”. I often … Continue reading

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Comic Section

Desmond McHale’s book, Comic Section, is a real gem. Amazingly, almost all the maths jokes that I’ve read/heard can be found here. And it’s a yellow book! (Not the lewd sense, mind you.) Here’s one which I hope to use … Continue reading

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Google Print is really a wonderful project, which will without a doubt aid research. But will that spell the demise of physical libraries as we know it? I hope not. There’s something funny about browsing a library or a bookshop. … Continue reading

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The Millennium Problems

For those unaquainted, these are the seven problems proposed by the Clay Mathematics Institute, which carry a cool $1 million prize for anyone who managed to solve it. I’ve just finished the book by Keith Devlin, which is a layman’s … Continue reading

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Monks and Fixed Points

A monk starts to climb a mountain at 8:00 am and reaches the summit at noon. He spends the rest of the day and that night on the summit. The next morning he leaves the summit at 8:00 am and … Continue reading

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Mathematics and Coffee

My current favourite quote is this one by Paul Erdös: “A mathematician is a machine for turning coffee into theorems.” I’ve heard it long ago but never liked to quote it until recently. All that coffee have finally paid off. … Continue reading

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google’s billions

Something I just found out. In their prospectus for their IPO, the amount that google wanted to raise was $2,718,281,828.

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