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Did Einstein Really Flunk at Math?

May21

In this picture, taken in 1934, a rather nervous-looking Albert Einstein gives a lecture to the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Pittsburgh. But, rumour has it that he failed in his early math exams. Scientists announced in 2016 that they had detected gravitational waves from the merging of two black holes in […]

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Math Prof wakes early to view black hole image

April11

Astronomers have captured the first image of a black hole, proving the University of Canterbury’s distinguished Professor Roy Kerr’s 56-year-old theory correct. Kerr said he set his alarm for 1am to see this exciting event. “The event horizon telescope photo is just the beginning of a new phase in the understanding of our universe. “The […]

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5 Brilliant Mathematicians who impacted the modern world

January17

“Mathematics – you either love or hate it, right? Those who hate math might still have nightmares of showing up for a high school math test unprepared, even years after graduation. Math is, by nature, an abstract subject, and it can be hard to wrap your head around it if you don’t have a good […]

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From Poetry to Mathematics

October29

“When you teach, you do something useful. When you do research, most days you don’t.” This comment, by June Huh, explains his passion to teach others and probably explains why your own teacher loves their job too! Huh is a member of the rarefied Institute for Advanced Study, which lies adjacent to Princeton’s campus. As […]

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Mirror, mirror on the wall…who is the greatest mathematician of all?

May19

Now that is a loaded question! After all, how do you compare such great minds? For example, Euler was perhaps the most published mathematician with about 900 books to his name. His most famous formula, eiπ + 1 = 0 where e is the mathematical constant and i is the square root of minus one, is considered by many to […]

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Calculus – the Brains Trust

March13

Yes, before we get into the Calculus intro, you will no doubt be thrilled to learn that the two egg-heads below were largely responsible for Calculus. Click on each for links to their bios.  Images from “The Birth of Calculus” on youtube For an even better understanding of the importance of the two gents above, […]

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