Thursday, May 27, 2010

Tell Me A Joke

The Wolfram|Alpha search engine returns a different mathematical joke for a "Tell me a joke" query.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Martin Gardner: 1914-2010

Martin Gardner, a prolific writer and popularizer of mathematics, and one of the most influential figures in skepticism passed away on Saturday, May 22, 2010.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

NIST Releases Successor to Venerable Handbook of Math Functions

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the Digital Library of Mathematical Functions (DLMF) and its printed companion, the NIST Handbook of Mathematical Functions, the much-anticipated successors to the agency's most widely cited publication of all time. These reference works contain a comprehensive set of tools useful for specialists who work with mathematical modeling and computation.

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No 'Simple Theory of Everything'

The "exceptionally simple theory of everything," proposed by a surfing physicist in 2007, does not hold water, says Emory mathematician Skip Garibaldi.

Garibaldi, a rock climber in his spare time, did the math to disprove the theory, which involves a mysterious structure known as E8. The resulting paper, co-authored by physicist Jacques Distler of the University of Texas, will appear in an upcoming issue of Communications in Mathematical Physics.

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