Reading the Comics, April 18, 2017: Give Me Some Word Problems Edition

I have my reasons for this installment’s title. They involve my deductions from a comic strip. Give me a few paragraphs. Mark Anderson’s Andertoons for the 16th asks for attention from whatever optician-written blog reads the comics for the eye jokes. And meets both the Venn Diagram and the Mark Anderson’s Andertoons content requirements for […]

In Which I Offer Excuses Instead Of Mathematics

I’d been hoping to get back into longer-form essays. And then the calculations I meant to do on one problem turned out more complicated than I’d wanted. And they’re hard to square with the approach I used in some earlier work. Not that the results I was looking at were wrong, mind, just that an […]

What Is The Most Probable Date For Easter? What Is The Least?

If I’d started pondering the question a week earlier I’d have a nice timely post. Too bad. Shouldn’t wait nearly a year to use this one, though. My love and I got talking about early and late Easters. We know that we’re all but certainly not going to be alive to see the earliest possible […]

Reading the Comics, April 15, 2017: Extended Week Edition

It turns out last Saturday only had the one comic strip that was even remotely on point for me. And it wasn’t very on point either, but since it’s one of the strips I’ve got the strip to show. That’s enough for me. Henry Scarpelli and Craig Boldman’s Archie for the 8th is just […]

What Is The Logarithm of a Negative Number?

Learning of imaginary numbers, things created to be the square roots of negative numbers, inspired me. It probably inspires anyone who’s the sort of person who’d become a mathematician. The trick was great. I wondered could I do it? Could I find some other useful expansion of the number system? The square root of a […]

Did This German Retiree Solve A Decades-Old Conjecture?

And then this came across my desktop (my iPad’s too old to work with the Twitter client anymore): Retired German man solves one of world's most complex maths problem with 'simple proof' | The Independent — Egan J Chernoff (@MatthewMaddux) April 3, 2017 The underlying news is that one Thomas Royen, a Frankfurt (Germany)-area […]