The Month in Math: February

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

  • In 1650, which famous mathematician catches a cold while tutoring the Queen of Sweden?  (He dies 10 days later.)
  •  What strange coincidence occurs at the moment of Gauss‘ death?

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

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The Month in Math: January

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

  • What famous mathematician was born on January 23?
  •  In January 1697, Newton receives what famous problem from  Johann Bernoulli, designed to challenged Newton’s new creation – calculus?

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

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The Month in Math: December

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

  • In 1742, Euler presents the first concise statement of what famous theorem?
  • In 1908, Scientific American offers $500 to anyone who can come up with “a simple explanation” of what famous idea?

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

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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!

Mathematical Poetry Month?

It is a relatively well-known fact that, in the United States, the month of April is National Poetry Month.  What is far less-known (unfortunately) is that April is also Mathematics Awareness Month.  Intending to capitalize on the overlapping celebrations, science writer Stephen Ornes proposes that April should become Mathematical Poetry Month.  His compelling argument can be read here:  April Should Be Mathematical Poetry Month.

Should we start a petition????