Date 
Title 
First Line of Text ... 
5/30/2015 
fini! 
This web site offered new content for almost ten sc... 
3/15/2015 
Wrong or Right? 
On a latenight television show, the host announced... 
3/8/2015 
Earth to Pi 
In 1999, computer scientists at the University of T... 
3/1/2015 
Think You Have a Hot Math Professor? 
In the mid1800s, James Hamilton was a Math Profess... 
2/22/2015 
Solidus and Viniculums 
Any idea what a solidus or a viniculum are? They pl... 
2/15/2015 
One Time Use of Algebra 
As a former Copy Editor for the local Bellingham He... 
2/8/2015 
Try To Top This? 
Occasionally, but not often, coincidences occur in ... 
2/1/2015 
EUREKA! NUM=Δ+Δ+Δ 
The above words and symbols are one entry in Carl F... 
1/25/2015 
Cosmas's World 
In 535, the Christian monk Cosmas wrote his Christi... 
1/18/2015 
My Lack of Trust 
When it comes to matters of the teaching of mathema... 
1/11/2015 
Day One Writing Experience 
[1] Describe your best experience in math.
Student... 
1/4/2015 
Gamble At/With Risk 
Suppose you are gambling, starting with a small sum... 
12/14/2014 
UGH^{2} 
This was the test question:
Coriane wanted an A o... 
12/7/2014 
Salo vs. You 
Below, I will give you a number.
But, first find ... 
11/30/2014 
Kangaroo! 
When unable to solve a math problem, you should sho... 
11/23/2014 
Proof vs. Poof 
At a conference, someone taught me the difference b... 
11/16/2014 
Celebrate a New Arrival... Belatedly 
Join me in welcoming this "new" symbo... 
11/9/2014 
Cubic Tidbit 
Some people are so clever...and I am one who sits b... 
10/26/2014 
All is Fundamental 
Remember the infamous Fundamental Theorem of Arithm... 
10/19/2014 
BloodLetting 
Math educators separate themselves into camps as to... 
10/12/2014 
A Sad Memory 
Today is actually a sad day...memorywise.
It is th... 
10/5/2014 
"Mathematics is..." or "Mathematics are..." 
Why does the noun Mathematics end in an "s&quo... 
9/28/2014 
Toss the Book 
Have you ever been excited at the purchase of a use... 
9/21/2014 
Numbers With Integrity 
Some things in math (especially names for things) m... 
9/14/2014 
Inanity Doubled 
People sometimes make fun of mathematicians because... 
6/9/2014 
Summer 2014 
This web site has now existed for nine school years... 
6/1/2014 
Casino Loss 
When I was in graduate school, Gary Lorden, one of ... 
5/25/2014 
Synchronicity 
Try to wade through this quotation from statistics ... 
5/18/2014 
Circle Disk: Redundant? 
Sometimes, I will argue about something in mathemat... 
5/11/2014 
+, , and = 
A constant fascination is the source and evolution ... 
5/4/2014 
Mean Problem 
Consider this word problem: John can shovel snow fr... 
4/27/2014 
Math Hat 
A local newspaper included this ad in its Want Ads ... 
4/20/2014 
666 Trouble 
My observation: People toss out numbers and expect ... 
4/13/2014 
Baseball's Math Error 
The design of a baseball field involves some strang... 
4/6/2014 
Circle with 4 Corners? 
Have you heard of the fashion label 4 corners Of a ... 
3/30/2014 
2n vs. n vs. ? 
Sometimes I worry about the most inane things...
C... 
3/23/2014 
Forgotten SoundByte 
Do we ever learn (or believe?) anything from the my... 
3/16/2014 
Super Quiz 
Guest Columnist: D. E. (Seattle) writes...
In to... 
3/9/2014 
Why π? 
The symbol for pi is π. But why?
In 1706, Wil... 
3/2/2014 
31 R 12 Buses! 
Adapted from a NAEP test item in the mid1980s, thi... 
2/23/2014 
Willing a 7 
In the 1930's, Dr. J.B. Rhine operated a parapsycho... 
2/16/2014 
Math and ESP 
Math gets used in the oddest ways...transending all... 
2/9/2014 
Stubborn Mathematicians 
Following up on last week's MathLint, the entire id... 
2/2/2014 
Yes, Virginia 12425=179 
Mathematicians are respected for their precision, y... 
1/26/2014 
Real Plane 
People say that mathematics is a language. I agree,... 
1/19/2014 
If Einstein Can Do It... 
In 1915, Albert Einstein divided by zero! And, almo... 
1/12/2014 
How Math Errors Live Forever 
What do you do when a book makes an incorrect mathe... 
1/5/2014 
Golden φ 
On this date, we need to join in the celebration of... 
12/8/2013 
√2 is Alogon 
The Pythagoreans (500 B.C.) claimed that "Numb... 
12/1/2013 
Where's the ACS, AHA, and ALA when We Need Them? 
In the mid1950s, R. Wesley edited the resource tex... 
11/24/2013 
A Nasty Divorce Has Occurred! 
"There is no royal road to geometry." Sup... 
11/17/2013 
£123,000 Error 
In England, the Birmingham City Council ordered 25 ... 
11/10/2013 
Chances of Rain Are... 
Probability statements were first included in a pub... 
11/3/2013 
Someone Who Loves Their Car 
A car advertisement on the television caught my att... 
10/27/2013 
The Great Spinach Math Error 
Popeye would be angry, huffing and puffing! The not... 
10/20/2013 
NPointed Badges 
Eugene Mitchell (Wayne, NJ) once posed the question... 
10/13/2013 
dy/dx = 6tan(x)cos(3x) Correct? 
A recent advertisement for the software vendor WebA... 
10/6/2013 
Crossword Celebration 
Time for a Centennial Celebration!
On December 21,... 
9/29/2013 
Dog Algebra 
A new step in inanity has been taken. No longer is ... 
9/22/2013 
A Sad Update 
In the April 8, 2007, issue of MathNEXUS, the Stati... 
9/15/2013 
Name a Color 
Try this trick; it will help you predict someone's ... 
9/8/2013 
NFL Math 
"When a rope is selling 20 cents per 2 feet, h... 
5/26/2013 
A Poof 
Consider...
1 = SQRT(1)
= SQRT[(1)(1)]
= SQRT(... 
5/19/2013 
When A Grade of A Is Necessary! 
Sometimes, it is unacceptable to produce C students... 
5/12/2013 
"Real" Math 
In a 1995 issue of American Journal of Physics, Dwi... 
5/5/2013 
Psychiatrists and Random Numbers 
A person's facility for generating random numbers (... 
4/28/2013 
Statistical Trivia 
The prestigious New England Journal of Medicine tri... 
4/21/2013 
Exhausting Euler 
This past April 15th, we celebrated the birthday of... 
4/14/2013 
Sound Familiar? 
William Zlot, a math teacher in New York State, onc... 
4/7/2013 
Beating the Lottery 
Remember Voltaire...the French Enlightenment writer... 
3/31/2013 
We Need More "Duh's" 
When we teach math, we often overcomplicate things.... 
3/24/2013 
$4000, Marked Down to $400 
The ebay ad read: "IBM MEN OF MODERN MATHEMATI... 
3/17/2013 
"Life" vs. "Pi" 
Sometimes everything looks mathematical... especial... 
3/10/2013 
New Pi Video and Pancake Art 
MathNEXUS has mentioned Nathan Shields, a mathema... 
3/3/2013 
Get A Copy Now! 
This week's issue of ESPN Magazine is called the th... 
2/24/2013 
Want $1,00,000? 
This past week, Curtis Cooper discovered the larges... 
2/17/2013 
Ninjabra 
In a recent 2012 SmartBrief survey of educators, 40... 
2/10/2013 
Land For Sale 
I collect weird ideas...you might have already gues... 
2/3/2013 
Algebra Teachers Are BloodLetters 
In medieval times in MoorishSpain, barbers often di... 
1/27/2013 
Thumbs Up If This Is Fair? 
Word origins fascinate me. For example, any idea wh... 
1/20/2013 
Final Jeopardy Revisited 
It is Final Jeopardy...and you are to make your wag... 
1/13/2013 
Making Math Complicated 
Numbersense is great...and can be useful!
So, you... 
1/6/2013 
Research on #2 
A New Year...full of valuable research and statisti... 
12/9/2012 
DFeet DMath Blahs 
Math on Tshirts has fallen to a new low...to appea... 
12/2/2012 
ERROR! 
Pull out your calculator or computer. What is the v... 
11/25/2012 
Shaw aka Fermi Problem 
British wit George Bernard Shaw (18561950) once sa... 
11/18/2012 
Keep Distance Learning at a Distance 
Distance and online learning are here...or if not ... 
11/11/2012 
Help for the Mathematically Insecure 
When doing/reading/ writing mathematics, teachers a... 
11/4/2012 
Loony Lunar Fractions Where 1/2 is 1/4 
One is never too old to learn things, or is correct... 
10/28/2012 
Carpenter's Math 
When I visit the local hardware store, I run into b... 
10/21/2012 
Which Math is Right? 
On a farm, why are silo's tall and round? (Note: th... 
10/14/2012 
Roman Digital Watches? 
Roman Numerals always fascinate me, especially thei... 
10/7/2012 
My Final Confrontation Worth .93¢ 
In this week's Math News, I share three pictures do... 
9/30/2012 
If P.E. Can Do It, Math Can... 
When walking, why can't the right foot match the ap... 
9/23/2012 
Value in Number Patterns 
In your daily life, do you look for numerical patte... 
9/16/2012 
Algehype: Parabola vs Hyperbole 
This past summer, an oped in The New York Times ra... 
9/9/2012 
Illusions of Rigor: Creeping or Created? 
Often, newspaper articles about the state of math e... 
9/2/2012 
Stock Market Panic 
This past June, panic hit the Shanghhai Stock Excha... 
6/3/2012 
Summer 2012! 
This web site has now existed for seven school year... 
5/27/2012 
Is This True? 
One of my favorite web surfing activities involves ... 
5/20/2012 
130 Years Ago, Alas! 
Consider these goals for a mathematics teacher:
T... 
5/13/2012 
Road Trip! 
Taking a crosscountry roadtrip this summer? Passin... 
5/6/2012 
Autoanimated Pi? 
Consider:
Artist Pavilina (NC) has titled this... 
4/29/2012 
Saving Lives 
Anyone know Allison Barrie? Probably not the securi... 
4/22/2012 
Anchors, AWay! 
In a paper written long ago, Tom O'Brien, SIU mathe... 
4/15/2012 
Too Many Taedium Vitaests 
The origin of the word student is from the Latin st... 
4/8/2012 
Useful Math? 
On ebay, some one was selling the text
Useful M... 
4/1/2012 
Belum! 
"Am I right?"
This is the question math ... 
3/25/2012 
Ring the Changes in Math 
Any idea what this title means? By British traditio... 
3/18/2012 
A Lot of Oil Changes 
Life is filled with math problems, waiting to be no... 
3/11/2012 
Time for a Road Trip 
One of my students, C.W. (Bellingham), sent me this... 
3/4/2012 
3.?????...95141 
Martin Gardner, in his column "Word Play"... 
2/26/2012 
Mathematical Yawps 
Consider this line from Walt Whitman's poem Leaves ... 
2/19/2012 
Sexy Six 
The text Mathematics for the Trades (1996) discusse... 
2/12/2012 
Benny Hill's Odds 
The British comedian Benny Hill once said: "Th... 
2/5/2012 
At Sixes and Sevens 
The expression "at sixes and sevens" mean... 
1/29/2012 
Kemeney's Dream Falls Short 
At Darmouth College in 1964, Professors John Kemeny... 
1/22/2012 
Musings Over A QuarterPounder? 
The Quarterpounder was invented in 1971 to meet the... 
1/15/2012 
Equidistant Ouch 
Do you ever listen to the radio program Car Talk? O... 
1/8/2012 
R U A Calculist? 
In his book, Mark Halpern describes a sect called t... 
1/1/2012 
Aftermath 
Have you ever wondered what the word "aftermat... 
12/11/2011 
LumberYard Rounding? 
Applications of math in the real world are good... ... 
12/4/2011 
Be a Ferdinand 
A poor question: "What curriculum do you use?&... 
11/27/2011 
Game of 20 Questions 
You have probably played the ancient game "Twe... 
11/20/2011 
How Far? FurLong! 
Last week's "lint" focused on the unit &q... 
11/13/2011 
A Wise Acre 
In the Middle Ages, the word "acra" refer... 
11/6/2011 
Math War Update 
Many of you are aware that this website has been wa... 
10/30/2011 
World's Simplest Impossible Problem 
Don Morrison, founder of New Mexico's C.S. Departme... 
10/23/2011 
Computers and Proof 
Formal proof is an interesting process, and a risin... 
10/16/2011 
Paradox or...? 
Jay Leno occasionally reads news clippings that are... 
10/9/2011 
OnLine YIKES!! 
The title for the ebay ad was very normal: Algebra ... 
10/2/2011 
#s In Your Files 
Martin Gardner, the great mathematics expositor, ha... 
9/25/2011 
Genius or? 
In a grocery store this week, I confronted some mat... 
9/18/2011 
Cheating Hints 
Every mathematics teacher has faced examples of che... 
9/11/2011 
Riders in the Geometrical Sky 
Math books from 100+ years ago contain many quaint ... 
9/4/2011 
Name a Living Mathematician 
Recently, the New York Times reported a survey of A... 
6/5/2011 
Googlewhack Revisted 
To end the school year, I am reprinting a "cla... 
5/29/2011 
Food Geometry 
Recently, I purchased this unusual book:
It clai... 
5/22/2011 
Mathew? 
New research by Professor Ernest Abel, Wayne State ... 
5/15/2011 
Math Odors 
We need to add smells to our math books, or if poss... 
5/8/2011 
1000....000 
In the 1950s, mathematician Edward Kasner asked his... 
5/1/2011 
10 Minute Task 
Listen to the government's rhetoric: We want Measur... 
4/24/2011 
1 is a... 
We are lucky we won WWII. Our training of soldiers ... 
4/17/2011 
BiDilemma 
Do you have a "feeling" for mathematics? ... 
4/15/2011 
A Lot of Oil Cahnges 
Life is filled with math problems, waiting to be no... 
4/10/2011 
Want a Job? 
Consider this recent ad on Craigslist:
===========... 
4/3/2011 
.289 vs. 200.089 
Consider this question from a "programmed math... 
3/27/2011 
Icelandic Illiterate 
1, 2, 3, 4.... Learn your numbers. This is a step t... 
3/20/2011 
The EndAll 
The Australian ebay price was low...$26 in U.S. fun... 
3/6/2011 
3, 76, 49, 24, 59, 36 
The internet posted this problem.....
What is the ... 
2/27/2011 
Math With a Sour Note 
Will Holland, an English musician, has produced tw... 
2/20/2011 
All in a Name 
Book titles in mathematics fascinate me, both by wh... 
2/13/2011 
My Wait is Over! 
I have spent my entire life trying to help students... 
2/6/2011 
Pythagorean Rolls in His Grave 
Are you smarter than a 5th grade geometry student? ... 
1/30/2011 
Commutative Cooking 
On his late night show, Jay Leno often shares odd i... 
1/23/2011 
Teaching vs. Work 
Certain things frustrate me. Such as a note from a ... 
1/16/2011 
Wrong Answer 
Question on a Daily Brain Teaser on the Internet: &... 
1/9/2011 
Craig's List Error 
This is how the ad on Craig's List read: "I ha... 
1/2/2011 
True But False 
A friend (J.G.) sent me this rubricgraded problem,... 
12/12/2010 
All In The Name of Math 
Some people seem to think that if they include math... 
12/5/2010 
Tree Math 
Sometimes you find mathematics being used in the od... 
11/28/2010 
Speak Softly... 
According to the National Center for Voice and Spee... 
11/21/2010 
5th Graders Live Where? 
At random times, I get to watch reruns of the TV pr... 
11/14/2010 
Teach Naked? 
José A. Bowen, a Southern Methodist University Dean... 
11/7/2010 
TIE. Coli 
Save any Ecoli bacteria you find...it may prove va... 
10/31/2010 
Math Trumps English 
People like big things with special properties, eve... 
10/24/2010 
County Blackouts? 
This past summer, I met an interesting person named... 
10/17/2010 
One Year of Fame 
It has been over a year, Mr. Andrej Kazakov! In mid... 
10/10/2010 
Geometry As a Weapon 
The announcement: Two Virginia Tech professors rec... 
10/3/2010 
2+2=4? 
Have you ever read anything by Greg Egan, an Austra... 
9/26/2010 
The Cryptoclub 
To followup on last week's discussion of the recen... 
9/19/2010 
Presidents Do Math? 
This week's News focuses on coded correspondence be... 
9/12/2010 
My Summer Book Report & Question 
One of the "olde" books I read this summe... 
9/5/2010 
Thanks Tony 
As this website enters its sixth year of providing ... 
6/6/2010 
Summer 2010! 
This web site has now existed for five school years... 
5/30/2010 
I Was Fooled 
In recognition of Martin Gardner and his legacy, ev... 
5/23/2010 
AFTERMATH 
The word "aftermath" seems to arise in od... 
5/16/2010 
Book Publishers, UGH! 
I love books, especially books focusing on the hist... 
5/9/2010 
Math Cafe 
Sometimes we search too hard for examples of mathem... 
5/2/2010 
Professor's Disease 
Recently, a new store owner asked for help in rever... 
4/25/2010 
Walk/Don't Walk 
While listening to a rerun of the sitcom Just Shoot... 
4/18/2010 
Interesting Question 
While doing research at the University of British C... 
4/11/2010 
Birthday Factoids 
At 6:38 pm. on July 17, 2003, Cory Doctorow posted ... 
4/4/2010 
Canadians Do Math 
Starbucks recently ran a sweepstakes for $1000. If ... 
3/28/2010 
For Chewy Edge Lovers 
Geometry is coming into play in the cooking industr... 
3/21/2010 
U Lost Me 
Josh Baron asked "Dr. Math" this question... 
3/14/2010 
Laptop in Every Garage And... 
In September 2002, Maine's Governor implemented a p... 
3/7/2010 
PC Math 
The Turkish Education Ministry asked publishers of ... 
2/28/2010 
Write Math Right 
Consider this old query: Can you read the following... 
2/21/2010 
New Math Term 
Continuing last week's Jeopardy query, this $2000 i... 
2/14/2010 
$800 Calculation 
A Jeopardy show posed this question for $800: "... 
2/7/2010 
Earl of Sandwich Doing the Math 
The book asked the Big Question: "Why is it so... 
1/31/2010 
Guru Suze 
For 30 years, Suze Orman has been a financial guru,... 
1/24/2010 
Troublesome Data 
According to a pilot research study by Aryn Karpins... 
1/17/2010 
Two Questions 
The lady in our post office keeps sharing questions... 
1/10/2010 
Etched Math Fluff 
MathOdes is a new product being advertized, but it... 
1/3/2010 
Milk Duds 
Recently, I read the history behind the naming of M... 
12/13/2009 
Thank's Steve 
It was 10 pm when Steve called me...as to who Steve... 
12/6/2009 
Philippines Blooper 
Television bloopers involving mathematics occur reg... 
11/29/2009 
The Good Old Days 
As mathematics teachers, we sometimes get frustrate... 
11/22/2009 
Novice vs. Expert 
What is the difference between an expert math teach... 
11/15/2009 
Kepler Revisited 
In 1609, Johann Kepler took four years to complete ... 
11/8/2009 
The Best Improved 
Supposedly the most beautiful mathematical formula ... 
11/1/2009 
MaTH RoCK, Odd Time Sigs, ThinkMusic 
Such was the title to a Craig's List page under &qu... 
10/25/2009 
Want $3.01? 
Market psychologists did a study on one's sense of ... 
10/18/2009 
Alas Poor Shaq 
In last week's "Lint" I revealed the best... 
10/11/2009 
I Throw Corrected 
At what angle should a player throw the ball
to ma... 
10/4/2009 
PreprepreSAT 
Wired magazine has coined a new word of jargon: Pre... 
9/27/2009 
Test Scores Rise But... 
The release of test scores in New York City has cre... 
9/20/2009 
Seattle Mariner's Math 
On the July 7th television broadcast of the Seattle... 
9/13/2009 
In Need of a Name 
The night prior to the recent date 090909, A.S. (... 
6/7/2009 
Summer 2009! 
This web site has now existed for four school years... 
5/31/2009 
Math Pushed Aside ...Again! 
These troubling economic times are having a negat... 
5/24/2009 
Martin Logic 
In his early life as a standup comic, Steve Martin... 
5/17/2009 
In Jeopardy Again! 
The date was April 13, 2009.
The Category was &quo... 
5/10/2009 
Why 1 = 3 
Several readers have sent me the Powerpoint present... 
5/3/2009 
Textbook Error 
Some time ago, I asked readers to submit examples o... 
4/26/2009 
CBEST Knows Best 
The CBEST is a normed test (aka "extra hoop&qu... 
4/19/2009 
Know an Aloysius? 
What's in a name? A lot, according to a research st... 
4/12/2009 
Another Question 
In a previous week, I discussed a revealing questio... 
3/29/2009 
A is 1 
An email circulated as humorous trivia included th... 
3/22/2009 
Error Checks 
Last week's humor involved a check with a clever us... 
3/15/2009 
OpenEnded Questions 
Mathematics texts sometimes ask questions that are ... 
3/8/2009 
The Math Language 
Why is it that the language spoken in a mathematics... 
3/1/2009 
Broken Calculator 
In the 1980's, Sunburst Communications published th... 
2/22/2009 
Coining New Math Words 
New words to add to your mathematics vocabulary...
... 
2/15/2009 
SciTamehTam 
This week's Math News lists students' definitions o... 
2/8/2009 
With Raised Hand 
Researchers Mellissa Singer and Susan GoldinMeadow... 
2/1/2009 
He Scores...GOAL! 
Mathematics is closely tied to NEW journeys, prompt... 
1/25/2009 
Mathematical Spurts 
Sometimes interesting information arises that I do ... 
1/18/2009 
Remember 6↵ 
How does one go about creating a new mathematical s... 
1/11/2009 
Used Book Find 
Abebooks recently sent me a eflyer describing thei... 
1/4/2009 
Boys and Books 
The problem: Getting young boys to read books of an... 
12/14/2008 
The Number Movie 
Sometimes people send me the neatest things. For ex... 
12/7/2008 
The Roman Way 
Admit it! We are all fascinated by large numbers an... 
11/30/2008 
And More Feedback 
I received several email responses to G.H.'s plea ... 
11/23/2008 
Power of a Letter 
A great amount of other mathematical graffiti wil... 
11/16/2008 
More Feedback 
Last May, Math Lint focused on new books that use ... 
11/9/2008 
Why NumberSense is Important 
When you read, are you able to stop and catch error... 
11/2/2008 
Return of Abacii 
When a Presidential candidate noted that he suffers... 
10/26/2008 
Wow! 
Consider this email received this week...
Hi Je... 
10/19/2008 
Duh Confirmed 
Patricia Broadfoot and Ruth DeakinCrick, two resea... 
10/12/2008 
Virtual Gym Class? 
Now I have seen or heard of almost everything....as... 
10/5/2008 
Have You Seen... 
First, 122 = 144.
Next, 212 = 441.
Are there any ... 
9/28/2008 
This Explains Everything! 
Kids who struggle to learn motor skills like biking... 
9/21/2008 
Math in The News 
Mathematics is often in the news, but not in the li... 
9/14/2008 
What Happened to... 
Last week's post was about the pidiscoveries of C... 
9/7/2008 
11.0010010000... 
Continuing with the theme of math trivia related to... 
8/31/2008 
Math Trivia 
Mathematical trivia seems to gather like dust under... 
6/15/2008 
And We Plod Along... 
This web site has now existed for three school ye... 
6/8/2008 
Mathematics and God 
Something must be in the water. In the past five ye... 
6/1/2008 
PayDay Loans 
A previous exploration of payday loans discussed th... 
5/11/2008 
The P^{28} Phrase 
The simple description read: "Popular Portable... 
5/4/2008 
My Name Is Merry 
Following up on twenty years of surprising social p... 
4/27/2008 
Math Peers 
Mathematicians cannot win.... For example, at parti... 
4/20/2008 
The Anti's Have It 
Susan Jacoby's The Age of American Unreason (2008) ... 
4/13/2008 
A Winning Loser 
Sometimes people do stupid things. In a USA Today a... 
4/6/2008 
Some Positive Success 
A previous "Math News" rant asked for in... 
3/30/2008 
Snow Thoughts 
Everyone knows the mantra: No two snowflakes will e... 
3/23/2008 
Plato's Nuptial Number 
Ebay recently listed an old book that caught my eye... 
3/16/2008 
7 is the Magic Number 
Playing a friendly card game (i.e. poker), you shuf... 
3/9/2008 
Meet 134340 
Imagine its embarassment! The onceplanet Pluto has... 
3/2/2008 
25,011 is Special 
Michael Filaseta, University of Sounth Carolina, ha... 
2/24/2008 
First Responses Fail 
Several questions has been making the rounds: You a... 
2/17/2008 
Googlisms 
Blogger Steven Johnson offers an interesting twist ... 
2/10/2008 
Bob and the Septagon 
In his seldomused blog, Brian Lauber does some mus... 
2/3/2008 
Protest: No More = ! 
Two British educatorsStephanie Prestage and Pat P... 
1/27/2008 
Lying with Statistics 
Some think mathematicians lie with statistics...but... 
1/20/2008 
Moving Eye of Pi 
Pi is elusive...no apparent pattern, yet we keep lo... 
1/13/2008 
Symbolic Stories 
Last week, I mentioned Robert Rinehart's use of adv... 
12/30/2007 
LR^{2}H 
Robert Rinehart (19081985), professor at Case Inst... 
12/16/2007 
Coincidences? 
Do you believe in coincidences? Even ignoring the f... 
12/9/2007 
Help! 
In 1974, Lambert Gordon Wilson wrote the "bo... 
12/2/2007 
Chewing on Old Words 
On ebay, someone was selling Joseph Raphson's A Mat... 
11/25/2007 
Math Ring Tone 
Cell phone users can down load a new mathbased rin... 
11/18/2007 
Paper Beats Rock 
November means the International RPS Championship i... 
11/11/2007 
Made Tough Over Easy 
Many unsolved problems exist for mathematicians to ... 
11/4/2007 
Speed...For Good or For Bad 
On ebay recently, someone named Cliff Petrak has b... 
10/28/2007 
Final Jeopardy 
At last...."Geometry" was the category fo... 
10/21/2007 
A Pythagopod 
In my recent review of the Nexus Network Journal, o... 
10/14/2007 
Grade Five Errors 
Continuing with my discussion of the television sho... 
10/7/2007 
Grade Five Smarts 
On a recent Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? show... 
9/30/2007 
Rubik's Cube and War 
Many have played with the Rubik's Cube...or should ... 
9/23/2007 
Madonna Means Mathematics 
Interesting examples of mathematics occurs daily...... 
9/16/2007 
And This Was 1928... 
A.C. Maddox, describing the "minimum training ... 
9/9/2007 
Exploring a Measurement Trail 
Some mathematics terms are heard or used so rarely ... 
9/2/2007 
George Chesnut, Spy 
I occasionally come across interesting items...at l... 
8/26/2007 
Summer Loss 
Summer is over...school is about to begin. What do ... 
6/17/2007 
Making It Bigtime! 
This web site has now existed for two school years ... 
6/10/2007 
Unsettling Numbers 
Yesterday, a friend (BG) sent this email:
Last... 
6/3/2007 
To Err is Human 
I enjoy finding mathematical errors made in print b... 
5/27/2007 
Name Change: Part II 
This note has nothing to do with mathematics, but i... 
5/20/2007 
Name Change: Part I 
Ever hear the name "Michael Herbert Dengler&qu... 
5/13/2007 
Golf and Geometry 
In the March, 2007, issue of Golf, the first Nike G... 
5/6/2007 
Changing Value of 0 
While reading The New York Times, both the headline... 
4/29/2007 
! Army 
The rule was on page 96...clear as mud...and I quot... 
4/22/2007 
How Low Can You Go? 
How would you respond if you were asked to describe... 
4/15/2007 
A Circle Is... 
Consider this set of twenty words: sum, quotient, r... 
4/8/2007 
Captcha 
I am sure you have been confronted by visuals suc... 
4/1/2007 
You Pet Peeves? 
In February, 1946, M. H. Ahrendt (Indiana math teac... 
3/25/2007 
My Secret Chider 
Found the following lying on my desk...not sure who... 
3/18/2007 
Mis(appeal) to Mathematics 
On Friday's (3/16) Jeopardy show, the three contest... 
3/11/2007 
Slices of Pi 
Peter Lindborg has discovered an interesting approx... 
3/4/2007 
5th Grade Math? 
Have you been watching the recent TV program Are Yo... 
2/25/2007 
What's An Algorithm? Experts Stumped 
This was the headline in a local newspaper in SC. T... 
2/18/2007 
Film vs FlimFlam 
David de Hilster, Film
Director, asks: "Woul... 
2/11/2007 
New Record Set 
Saturday, January 13, 2007 was an important day. Th... 
2/4/2007 
eoops! 
2 . 7 1 8 2 8 1 8 2 8 4 5 9 0 4 5 2 3 5 3 6 0 2 8 7... 
1/28/2007 
Transitive Property? 
On television recently, the TBS station carried a c... 
1/21/2007 
To Be or Not to Be... 
As I entered a room to teach my next mathematics cl... 
1/14/2007 
EleventyTwenty! 
On latenight television (1/4/07), someone was inte... 
1/7/2007 
A Budding Lobechevsky 
The Annual Burlington Liars Club Contest (2006) is ... 
12/31/2006 
HELP! 
Consider this notice from Dennis (Norfolk), as foun... 
12/17/2006 
Math in Use 
Mathematics is everywhere... or so it seems wheneve... 
12/10/2006 
Numbers Stations 
Listen to this list of number sequences, read by a ... 
12/3/2006 
More Jeopardy 
This past Tuesday's (11/28/06) version of the Jeopa... 
11/26/2006 
Ugh...More MathOut! 
Last week's discussion was politicians' use of the ... 
11/19/2006 
Politics Uses Math 
Clip 1: Regarding the prospect of negotiating with ... 
11/12/2006 
Growing Ownership 
This web site is becoming even more fun because mor... 
11/5/2006 
Star Trek Math 
Are you a Star Trek fan? Do you speak Klingon, a la... 
10/29/2006 
Blog Bware 
Mathteacher blogs are turning up everywhere. Some ... 
10/22/2006 
The Good Thing About Math is the Part You Forget 
The above title is a "math quote" from an... 
10/15/2006 
MathLite Thoughts 
This week's column essentially has nothing to do wi... 
10/8/2006 
In Jeopardy Again! 
Though I don't focus on the Jeopardy game, it keeps... 
10/1/2006 
Weird Math! 
Ever explored the website YTMND.com, which stands f... 
9/24/2006 
Note From a Foreign Correspondent 
I showed my classes your recent "Math Lint&quo... 
9/17/2006 
Double Jeopardy 
On television this past Tuesday (9/12/06), the Jeop... 
9/10/2006 
Old Toys & Math 
The question posed was interesting: Will videogames... 
9/3/2006 
Who Would Have Thunk It... 
One day there were nine planets. The next day, ther... 
8/27/2006 
Symbolic Math 
Visual symbols are found everywhere...on signs, on ... 
6/25/2006 
Humor or Signs of Change? 
As mathematics teachers, we tend to focus our atten... 
6/18/2006 
Time to Celebrate! 
Mathematics teachers...it is time to honor another ... 
6/11/2006 
Factorial! 
We know 5! = 5x4x3x2x1 = 120. Nonetheless, many stu... 
6/4/2006 
Trig of Another Color 
In 1965, V.B. Temple, Mathematics Professor at Loui... 
5/28/2006 
But Wait... 
According to a recent news article, I'm gradually m... 
5/21/2006 
34 More Years! 
Sorry, Hazel. I am not going to follow your lead...... 
5/14/2006 
Ho Hum 
Per Pres. Bush's instructions, the Dept. of Ed. est... 
5/7/2006 
Change Does Happen! 
As a mathematics teacher for more than 35 years, I ... 
4/30/2006 
A New Question 
One of the many nice things about teaching is that ... 
4/23/2006 
P(A) = 0 
A recent event (see next paragraph) provides a good... 
4/16/2006 
When It Rains... 
Even more feedback from yet another reader! John Ch... 
4/9/2006 
Have Times Changed? 
In 1933, the American Mathematical Monthly reported... 
4/2/2006 
Coincidence! 
Get Ready........
On Wednesday of this week, at tw... 
3/26/2006 
2GETHER 
Recently came across some strange song lyrics that ... 
3/19/2006 
A Mean Error 
Due to a clerk's typing error, Dennis/Daelyn Charne... 
3/12/2006 
Extra! Pi Lint 
The number pi (pronounced "pi" is one of ... 
3/5/2006 
Vocabulary Test 
A recent seller on Ebay advertised an 1845 text cal... 
2/26/2006 
The Love Formula 
The Village Theater (NY) currently showcases the ne... 
2/19/2006 
Crop Circle Geometry 
The oddity that follows has been known for some tim... 
2/12/2006 
Perfect Eye Chart 
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2/5/2006 
2005 SAT Scores 
In case you have not heard the news, the 2005 SAT s... 
2/1/2006 
Super Bowl XL 
Who would think that business marketing specialists... 
1/29/2006 
Synchrony and No. 160 
Any idea what the word "synchrony" means?... 
1/22/2006 
A Probplexer 
I am puzzled and need help! A recent message on a M... 
1/16/2006 
Polytopes, Jonas Salk, and Mathematicians 
Mired in an issue of Business Week, the article's t... 
1/13/2006 
Friday the 13th 
Are you a believer? Do you cringe when a Friday the... 
1/8/2006 
More Numbers 
The midDecember edition of Math News section for t... 
1/1/2006 
New Month's Resolutions 
In January of 2004, researchers at the University o... 
12/16/2005 
Making Change 
Where is Ann Landers when we don't need her? In ... 
12/10/2005 
Googlewhack! 
Sometimes I get caught up in the most inane activ... 
12/1/2005 
Math in the Year 2020 
It is December...a time for reflections, resolution... 
11/20/2005 
Chance of a Lifetime! 
Some guy regularly tries to sell four "New Mat... 
11/13/2005 
A Super Bowl Statistic 
A recent issue of the journal Chance offers an in... 
11/6/2005 
Mathematics MisUsed 
Parden me for this small rant on my part. I get fru... 
10/22/2005 
The Good Thing About Math is the Part You Entirely Forget 
The above title is a "math quote" from an... 
10/16/2005 
Alfred Nobel vs. All Mathematicians 
The Nobel Prize is awarded in many fields of resear... 
10/9/2005 
Double Jeopardy 
On the Jeopardy game show on September 29, "Ma... 
10/2/2005 
Smart Bike 
In 1995, a University of Rochester press release an... 
9/24/2005 
NUMB3RS 
The television program NUMB3RS is back on the air, ... 
9/15/2005 
Amzanig Huh? 
Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch stduy at Cmabrigde Uine... 
9/4/2005 
Adults' Views and Mathematical Learning Petition 
Mathematics teachers need to be more proactive, and... 
8/28/2005 
False Proof 
A student (A.K.) passed this “gem” on to me. How wo... 
8/21/2005 
Math Tutor For Hire 
On Ebay recently, a person offered math tutoring &q... 
8/14/2005 
Ponderables 
People (especially comedians such as Gallagher) pos... 
8/7/2005 
Tower of Hanoi 
Mathematics Historian Clark Kimberling recently pos... 
7/31/2005 
Prime Number Find 
In a 2004 broadcast, CNN announced that a new “la... 
7/24/2005 
Study: Too Much Computer Time Hurts Studies 
A recent German study of 175,000 15yearolds in 31... 
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1/1/1900 

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