Welcome to Musings on Math!

“A mathematician is a device which turns coffee into theorems.”

– Alfréd Rényi

Hello.  Welcome to musingsonmath.com!  My goal when creating this website was to give my high school and college math students a place to go to learn more about the information I presented in class – ideas that we didn’t have time for during the confines of our class time (not necessarily the technical aspects of the class, textbooks do an O.K. job of that).  Rather, what I wanted was a place to go where the more human side of the subject could be explored: the people and events that shaped the thinking and understanding of the mathematicians who discovered (or created) the beautiful world of mathematics.   That doesn’t mean that I don’t ever delve into the mathematics.  I do, from time to time, offer up some more technical posts as well as some more interesting problems to solve.  However, I want this site to show that mathematics is not some technical, dry and emotionally void subject that is written in a complicated and cold language.  Instead, it is a subject that is a lively and colorful, full of interesting characters and fascinating stories that make mathematics into a living, breathing subject to be enjoyed by all.  So, whatever your reason for visiting this site, I hope you enjoy it and learn from it.

Before I leave you to your explorations, just a few last points …

The Navigation Bars:

  • The top menu bar contains my website pages.  On these pages, you can find all sorts of mathematical links, articles, problems, books, gift ideas, etc.
  • The bottom menu bar contains the categories of my posts.

My Top 5 most visited pages and posts:

One last item … new posts can always be found below this Welcome post and to the right listed under “Recent Posts.”

Please feel free to contact me with your suggestions, additions or advice by leaving a comment or sending me an email at musingsonmath@gmail.com.

You can also read some new posts on Twitter:  @musingsonmath

Or you can also follow the site on Twitter:

 

Enjoy the site!

The Month in Math: June

Interested in the highlights from the historical world of mathematics for the month of June?  How about the answers to these questions?

Click here to find the answers to these questions and more:  June

Looking for a different month?  Click here for all 12 months.

The Month in Math: May

Interested in the highlights from the historical world of mathematics for the month of May?  How about the answers to these questions?

  • What famous mathematician predicted his own death during the month of May?
  • On May 24, 1973, Pi is calculated to how many decimal places?

Click here to find the answers to these questions and more:  May

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The Month in Math: April

Interested in the highlights from the historical world of mathematics for the month of April?  How about the answers to these questions?

  • What famous mathematician (perhaps the most famous of them all) was born in the month of April?  There are two possibilities for this one!
  • Which future U.S. president completed his own proof of the Pythagorean Theorem during the month of April?

Click here to find the answers to these questions and more:  April

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The Month in Math: March

Interested in the highlights from the historical world of mathematics for the month of March?  How about the answers to these questions?

  • My favorite mathematician is born this month.  Who is he?  Here’s a hint – “my brain is open.”
  • March 17 celebrates the anniversary of one of the most lopsided business deals in all of mathematical history.  Who did it involve?  What was the deal?

Click here to find the answers to these questions and more:  March

Looking for a different month?  Click here for all 12 months.

Musings on Math now on Twitter!

Hello all.  I decided to open a Twitter account so I could more easily/quickly share interesting math articles, etc. For those of you who enjoy this site – no worries – it isn’t going anywhere.

Here is the Twitter address: @musingsonmath

 

Enjoy!