Take a Byte of Math Bytes
Last week, I discovered an interesting text, that would make a good read over the summer. Hint...hint!
The book is Tim Chartier's Math Bytes: Google Bombs, ChocolateCovered Pi, and Other Cool Bits in Computing (2014). It's goal is to show how math and computing relate to "our" real world.
The text overflows with interesting ideas...letting the reader form their own connections (if such exist):
 Using M&M’s and the sine curve to estimate a value of pi
 Using matrices to find celebrity images that approximate one’s own face
 Determining equations that maximally launch Angry Birds
 Using M&M’s to paint portraits
 Using pictures of Beyonce to create Sierpinski’s triangle
 Exploring the mathematics underlying Google Page Ranks and viral tweeting
 Making polar transformations of Marilyn Monroe’s image
Lot's of diagrams, lots of unusual ideas, and even tastes of the supportive mathematics. Again, a good summer read...for mathematics teachers AND students of mathematics (sometimes those Venn groups overlap).
Note: This is the same Tim Chartier who was referenced in a previous MathNEXUS note about March Madness. He teaches mathematics at Davidson College.
