# Tag: mathematics

## Make \$1 Million With Math

If you are good at math and you could use a few extra bucks, you should consider putting your skills toward the Millenium Prize Problems. On May 24, 2000, the Clay Mathematics […]

## Learn How Two Grandparents Hacked the Lottery and Made Millions

Despite all the advertisements telling us about the lavish lifestyle that comes to the winners of the lottery, most of us know that buying lottery tickets is just a less efficient means […]

## Meet Archytas, the Father of Robotics

Archytas (428 BC–347 BC) was a mathematician and scientist of Ancient Greece. He was a member of the Pythagoreans. (Click here to learn how Pythagoras was killed by his phobia of beans.) […]

## The Tragic Tale of Pythagoras and the Deadly Beans

Pythagoras (c. 570 – c. 495 B.C.) is most-commonly remembered for the geometric formula that bears his name. What is less-well remembered about him is the way beans contributed to his untimely […]

## Infinitely Interesting

That sideways figure eight used as the symbol for infinity (∞) is properly known as a lemniscate.

## Easy as Pi… Well, As Easy as Coffee, Anyway

Want to remember the value of Pi (3.1415926) in easy way? You can do it by counting each word’s letters in “May I have a large container of coffee?”

## Prime Time for Big Prime Number

A prime number is divisible only by one and itself. We learn about them in elementary school and recognize them as 1, 3, 5, 7, 11, etc. As the numbers get larger, […]

## Euclid’s Geometric Propositions? Child’s Play

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) When he was a child, Blaise Pascal once locked himself in his room for several days and would not allow anyone to enter. When he emerged, he had figured […]

## Chess: A Game of Limitless Possibilities

In a chess game after three moves by each player, there are over nine million possible configurations for the chess board. Claude Shannon (1916-2001), an American mathematician, calculated the total possible configurations […]

## A Billion By Any Other Name….

Depending on whether a country uses the Long Scale or the Short Scale for its numbering system, 1,000,000,000,000 will always be 1,000,000,000,000, but whether you express that number as one billion or […]

Pierre de Fermat (1605-1665) wrote in the margin of a book, “I have discovered a truly remarkable proof of this theorem which this margin is too small to contain.” He then died. It […]

## Don’t Look an Educated Horse in the Mouth

“Bernarr MacFadden had the wild glare of an educated horse doing a problem in arithmetic.” — Alva Johnston Source

## Picky Eater

The Austrian/American logician and mathematician Kurt Gödel died on January 14, 1978 from being a picky eater. He had a compulsive fear of being poisoned and would only eat the food prepared […]

## Nerd Humor

The above equation can be expressed as a limerick: Integral z-squared dz from 1 to the cube root of 3 times the cosine of three pi over 9 equals log of the […]