- What famous mathematician received his Ph.D. on June 16 at the ripe old age of 22?
- On what day is
*Discourse of the Method*, by Rene Descartes, is published?

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

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]]>- 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?

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]]>- 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?

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]]>- In 1650, which famous mathematician catches a cold while tutoring the Queen of Sweden? (He dies 10 days later.)

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]]>- What famous mathematician was born on January 23?

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]]>Should we start a petition????

]]>Why is it that so many people have no idea what mathematics is really about? Why is it that the general public views math as boring and ugly? Because most people view mathematicians as human calculators, computing gigantic multiplication problems in their heads. While, in some rare cases, this is certainly true, I have learned from some brilliant mathematicians who couldn’t even master their times tables.

What the general public doesn’t realize is that mathematics is so much more than computation. It is about discovering patterns and relationships between ideas. In many cases, there is something beautiful when a mathematical idea makes a clever connection between two concepts, especially when it is unexpected.

Recently, in an OP-ED piece in the New York Times, Manil Suri attempts to explain what mathematics is about and why it is something to appreciate, much in the same way one appreciates art or music. As he puts it in his piece, “you can appreciate art without acquiring the ability to paint, or enjoy a symphony without being able to read music. Math also deserves to be enjoyed for its own sake, without being constantly subjected to the question, ‘When will I use this?'”

Click here to read his article titled “How to Fall in Love with Math.” You will not be disappointed.

]]>Three weeks from today, math-lovers around the world will be enjoying a new look at Paul Erdős! June 25th is the release date of the newest book on Paul Erdős, THE BOY WHO LOVED MATH: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdős by Deborah Heiligman with illustrations by LeUyen Pham.

I can’t wait! Click here to read the first review of the book. Click here to see some amazing illustrations and read an article about the book in the New York Times. 21 days and counting …

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