Category Archives: Innovation

Wolfram Alpha – A Wonderful Math Knowledge Engine

I was talking to my smart nephew the other day. He loves math and loves even more to stump me with math riddles and puzzles. Me: Let’s talk about some fun problems with prime numbers*. I’m thinking of two prime numbers … Continue reading

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The Cure for Deficits

Our Federal Deficit is in the headlines again. It’s a bi-i-i-g deal! (That’s why I’m capitalizing the F and the D). There’s talk everywhere of the fiscal cliff and debt ceilings and who should pay and what to cut … … Continue reading

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The Witches’ Brew – A Halloween Incantation

It’s Halloween night! In the gathering gloom the streets of our little town are filling up with trick-or-treaters. Cute youngsters dressed up as ghouls and monsters and gnarly witches are spooking up the neighborhood and the houses are draped with … Continue reading

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The 13-Link Chain Puzzle and Other Fun Posers

Last Friday at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) I met Gary Antonick, who writes a numbers blog for the New York Times, a fun blog that you must check out. I gave him a puzzle and he loved it so much … Continue reading

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“I Think We Found It”

On July 4 of this year an historic announcement was made to the world: “I think we have it!” The “it” was the elusive Higgs boson, something for which the physics community has been searching for decades to complete the … Continue reading

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The Job Creators?

The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) is a wonderful Berkeley organization dedicated to the advancement and celebration of Mathematics and its beauty and its application in every day affairs. For example on October 26th (two weeks from today) they are convening … Continue reading

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Message to Fellow 1 Percenters

Wanna scare your Tea Party friends? Just yell “Big Government!“ The effect will be like throwing a slab of pork in a Taliban gathering. Or mailing a Dutch cartoon to an Egyptian lynch mob. Is the government too big? Are … Continue reading

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The GRIN Revolution – Cheap, Personalized Healthcare for the Billions

Some people don’t like Science. They think it dehumanizes us, mechanizes us and devalues our spirit, our aesthetics and our passions. It is heading our planet in the direction of ecological disaster, devastating wars, nuclear catastrophes, urban decay and continued … Continue reading

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