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Educate Yourself

A common meme on social media goes something like this: “Education is irrelevant. Who needs to know anything about polynomial equations?” It has become fashionable in some circles to deride education and specifically public education. Many of the complaints are … Continue reading

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π Day Today

I’m going to be irrational today and go full circle by wishing you a Happy π Day. There are 3.141592… reasons for us to celebrate. We recognize this unofficial holiday because it is 3/14–March 14th written in the American configuration … Continue reading

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Casual Pi

Off the top of my head, I cannot think of any other mathematical terms that have their own special holiday or public commemoration than π (pi). The number π is special because it has two commemorative days. The number π is … Continue reading

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Happy π Day

Q: What do you get when you cross a stone with a sphere? A: Rock and Roll Gather together with your circle of friends, or circle the wagons, tap into your inner geek, and have fun with Pi today. Prepare … Continue reading

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Threes …Floral Friday

Pythagoreans said that the number three is the first true number because it is the first number that forms a geometrical figure. In their minds, the triangle symbolized harmony, wisdom, and understanding. Three is significant in many cultures.  For example, … Continue reading

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Who Was Benjamin Banneker?

Benjamin Banneker was an anomaly of the place and times of his life.  He gained some measure of acclaim as an astronomer, author, inventor, mathematician, naturalist, surveyor, and farmer. Banneker was born on November 9, 1731 in Baltimore County, Maryland … Continue reading

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Happy Pi Day 2016

π is quite an impressive and interesting concept. The “right-upright” rounded depiction of this Greek letter became the Roman “P”. In the Cyrillic alphabet it is the letter “Π” (peh), the cursive capital form looks nearly identical to π. We … Continue reading

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