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Archive for December, 2008

A documentary on Paul Erdős

Posted by Ed on December 22, 2008

Watch the BBC documentary “N is a Number” portraying Paul Erdős.

In case you don’t know, Erdős was a hardcore mathematician in the sense that he lived for mathematics and performed mathematics 24/7. Every mathematician knows him and there’s even the Erdős number that states how many papers you are “away” from him.

There is a really good book about him by Bruce Schechter (MY BRAIN IS OPEN: The Mathematical Journeys of Paul Erdos).

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Real time cloth simulation

Posted by Ed on December 14, 2008

Have a look at this real time cloth simulation. It’s done with a program called processing. Simple but amazing.

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Famous actress with a math degree

Posted by Ed on December 11, 2008

Danica McKellar is probably known to you as actress who played Winnie Cooper in the Wonder Years. What many don’t know is that she studied at UCLA and graduated with a bachelor of science in mathematics. Not only this, she even worked on a theorem that is named after her.

In 2007 she gave the address for the mathematics commencement (the graduation ceremony). There she talks about how math influenced her life and why math helped her getting into a party.

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