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5/30/2015
fini!
This web site offered new content for almost ten sc...
3/15/2015
Wrong or Right?
On a late-night 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 mid-1800s, 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
UGH2
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
Blood-Letting
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
66-6 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 Sound-Byte
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 mid-1980s, 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
124-25=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 mid-1950s, 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
N-Pointed 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 Blood-Letters
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
Number-sense 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
D-Feet D-Math Blahs
Math on T-shirts 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 (1856-1950) once sa...
11/18/2012
Keep Distance Learning at a Distance
Distance and on-line 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 op-ed 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 cross-country 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, A-Way!
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
Lumber-Yard 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
On-Line 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
Bi-Dilemma
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 End-All
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 rubric-graded 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
TI-E. Coli
Save any E-coli 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 follow-up 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
Pre-pre-pre-SAT
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 09-09-09, 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 stand-up 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 e-mail 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
Open-Ended 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
Sci-Tam-eh-Tam
This week's Math News lists students' definitions o...
2/8/2009
With Raised Hand
Researchers Mellissa Singer and Susan Goldin-Meadow...
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 e-flyer 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 e-mail 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 e-mail received this week... Hi Je...
10/19/2008
Duh Confirmed
Patricia Broadfoot and Ruth Deakin-Crick, 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 pi-discoveries 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 P28 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 once-planet 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 seldom-used blog, Brian Lauber does some mus...
2/3/2008
Protest: No More = !
Two British educators--Stephanie 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
LR2H
Robert Rinehart (1908-1985), 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 math-based 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 e-bay 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 e-mail: 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 Flim-Flam
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
e-oops!
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
Eleventy-Twenty!
On late-night 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 Math-Out!
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
Math-teacher 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
Math-Lite 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
6 28 496 8128 33550336 8589869056 137438691...
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 mid-December 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 Mis-Used
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 15-year-olds in 31...
1/1/1900 On this date, we need to join in the celebration of...
1/1/1900 This web site offered new content for almost ten sc...

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