Now that the holiday will soon be here, and the exams behind you, you can relax and enjoy some fascinating talks and articles about mathematics.
Adam Spencer: talks about “why I fell in love with monster primes. They’re millions of digits long, and it takes an army of mathematicians and machines to hunt them down — what’s not to love about monster primes?” Adam Spencer, comedian and lifelong math geek, shares his passion for these odd numbers, and for the mysterious magic of math.
Arthur Benjamin: “math is logical, functional and just … awesome”. Mathemagician Arthur Benjamin explores hidden properties of that weird and wonderful set of numbers, the Fibonacci series. (And reminds you that mathematics can be inspiring, too!)
Peter Donnelly: how juries are fooled by statistics. Oxford mathematician Peter Donnelly reveals the common mistakes humans make in interpreting statistics — and the devastating impact these errors can have on the outcome of criminal trials.
Dan Meyer: today’s math curriculum is teaching students to expect — and excel at — paint-by-numbers classwork, robbing kids of a skill more important than solving problems: formulating them. In his talk, Dan Meyer shows classroom-tested math exercises that prompt students to stop and think. (Filmed at TEDxNYED.)
Plus is an internet magazine which aims to introduce readers to the beauty and the practical applications of mathematics. A lot of people don’t have a very clear idea what “real” maths consists of, and often they don’t realise how many things they take for granted only work because of a generous helping of it. Apparently, some people even have the idea that it’s boring! Weird. Anyway, we hope that even if you’re such a person now, you won’t be after looking through one or two issues of Plus, and that you’ll come back and read future issues as they come out. You can subscribe to the newsletter here. Try some of the puzzles on their website.
Wolfram Alpha introduces a fundamentally new way to get knowledge and answers – not by searching the web, but by doing dynamic computations based on a vast collection of built-in data, algorithms, and methods.
You can input any equation into the box below and it will compute the answer
You can choose an unlimited number of random practise problems on any of these topics – click on the image.
Mathematics Video Links
In the list under WIKIS on the right hand side, I have listed some video websites that may help you when you are studying Mathematics next term although you may feel that there is enough in the Pamoja Content area not to need extra help.