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Software to the Max

June3

The Boeing 737 Max Part II – Software design without safety: “It is astounding that no one who wrote the MCAS software for the 737 Max seems even to have raised the possibility of using multiple inputs, including the opposite angle-of-attack sensor, in the computer’s determination of an impending stall. As a lifetime member of […]

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Pure Gold in Math

April19

In Mathematics there are numbers that are like pure gold – they glow with special properties. Like the magic ring in Lord of the Rings, they release powers of the imagination and can be used to inflict their magic on those unsuspecting students who look at them too closely. Yes, we are talking about The […]

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Notre Dame – Mathematics on Fire?

April17

A very sad moment when we heard yesterday that Notre Dame cathedral was ablaze in Paris. H3 visited this amazing Gothic cathedral just a few years ago and the soaring roof detail seemed inexplicable – its heavy brick pattern seeming unsupported. Yes, this fire-proof lining may have saved the cathedral from absolute ruin. Notre Dame […]

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Math puts class into architecture

November19

The link between Mathematics and architecture goes back to ancient times. Pyramids and temples were some of the earliest examples of mathematical principles at work. Today, Mathematics continues to feature prominently in building design. Thanks to modern technology, architects can explore a variety of exciting design options based on complex mathematical formulae, allowing them to […]

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Art attracts Mathematicians in Italy

February13

The amazingly beautiful and accessible Duomo in Milan, built over some 4 centuries, was such a compelling Gothic building that it attracted many talented Mathematicians and Scientists – who wanted to study and share in the beauty and power of the Duomo. As the cathedral’s architecture became the powerhouse of intellectual culture in northern Italy, […]

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High Tension Math in Bridge Designs

October30

Mathematics is behind some wonderful new bridge designs (click image above for samples, including the use of plastic bottles), but even ancient bridges were based on arcs and circles, etc. such as this one in England    

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Mind-Boggling Math Fact #2

January19

Mathematically speaking, there’s just a finite number of distinct geometric patterns. All Escher paintings, wallpapers, tile designs and indeed all two-dimensional, and repeating arrangements of shapes can be identified as belonging to one or another of the so-called “wallpaper groups.” And how many wallpaper groups are there? Exactly 17. The classification of the wallpaper groups […]

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