Recommended readings 6/5/09

Carnival of Mathematics #53 ~ Everyone loves a carnival

Wolfram|Alpha is…
funny ~ Easter eggs and more easter eggs
helpful ~ Crossword puzzle solver
in need of instructions ~ A new kind of wiki
wrong ~ Babylonian numerals
imitated ~ Harvey|Omega
not ready for this one ~ A tough problem

Clemson Controversy Calls Into Question US News College Rankings ~ ugly

What’s the Real Story? ~ “A 16-year-old Iraqi immigrant living in Sweden has cracked a maths puzzle that has stumped experts for more than 300 years,” or did he?

Kate Bush has a song about π. Who knew? ~ Turns out she got it wrong ~ which brings up The Kate Bush Conjecture

Latitude, longitude, and more longitude ~ I have fond memories of doing celestial navigation

How Much Longer Can This Go On? ~ Given a finite sequence, what is the length of the longest increasing subsequence?

Paper art ~ amazing

Sieve of Eratosthenes

Confused by SPF? Take a Number ~ the math behind the number

The silver ratio ~ two bloggers describe it (I love continued fractions!)

Math and the City ~ Steven Strogatz as a guest columnist at the NY Times

Psst! Need the Answer to No. 7? Click Here. ~ is this the future?

Where Are Your Intended Learning Outcomes? ~ funny


  1. samjshah says:

    Thanks for making a great carnival. I also wanted to say that the Barnes&Noble near my school had your book… And they don’t have a huge math section, so I was glad they had yours. I loved flipping through it, and I almost bought it, but I didn’t have enough cash on hand. Sigh. But I just want to say: I cannot wait to get it and read it this summer.


  2. Cool, thanks for letting me know! I’ve gotten email messages from friends in all around the country saying they found it in their stores—it is great to hear. (Even one from my freshman-year roommate from college!) Wouldn’t you know that our local Borders and Barnes & Nobel don’t carry it! The local independent bookstore has signed copies for sale though :-)

    Thanks for the message. I hope you get a chance to read the book, and I hope you enjoy it. I loved writing it.

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