A pyramidologist’s value for pi

Recently I came across two theories about the design of Great Pyramid of Giza. If we construct a circle with the altitude of the pyramid as its radius, then the circumference of the circle is equal to the perimeter of the base of the pyramid. Said another way, if we build a hemisphere with the same…

What do you want on your tombstone?

I’ve come across a few mathematicians or scientists who have been so proud of their scholarly achievements that they’ve asked for them to be put on their headstone when they die (or have had their achievements placed on their headstones by someone else). Please let me know if you know of others. [Update: thanks to…

Happy birthday Uncle Leonhard, I hope you enjoy your new home

On today, Leonhard Euler’s 304th birthday, we find that the Euler Archive has a new home! This labor of love, created and run by Dominic Klyve, Lee Stemkoski, and Erik Tou, houses thousands of pages of Euler’s original works as well as a growing number of translations of Euler’s works. The site had been located…

Math books for young children

I have a child in first grade and another who will be in elementary school in a couple years. So I’m on the lookout for good children’s books about mathematics. Below is a collection of books that I’ve read or that have been recommended to me. (I got some of these suggestions from people on Twitter.) I’d…