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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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Pi Day comes first in NZ

March14

Yes, it’s true – Pi Day does come early in New Zealand, and a day later for our students in the USA. Other than being able to find your birthday in Pi, why is Pi important enough to deserve a day of its own — and a search engine to draw attention to it? Click […]

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Accidental Mathematician – literally!

January15

From ABC News comes this remarkable story of what H3 calls an “Accidental Mathematician“. “Working behind the counter at a futon store in Tacoma, Wash., is not the place you would expect to find a man some call a mathematical genius of unprecedented proportions. Jason Padgett, 41, sees complex mathematical formulas everywhere he looks and turns them […]

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Autism and the love of equations…

May20

“I am sitting at the back of a university physics class while the students cluster in small groups around the whiteboards…ready to tackle the day’s equation… I see my nine-year-old son at the front of the room, chatting easily with the professor. Finally, my son pulls a chair over to a whiteboard and steps up on […]

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Boy with Incredible Brain

January12

Link to this article and movie which highlights the amazing, enviable talents that students with autism often (or usually) have. Note that the word “savant” refers to “Savant syndrome is a rare condition in which people with developmental disorders have one or more areas of expertise” (source: wikipedia)  

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