Month: November 2012

The Dead Puppy Theorem

(a + b)2 = a2 + b2. Right? “No, of course not,” you say. Or maybe you say “Yes, of course.” If you say yes, you’re making the same mistake that 42% of high-school students make. I just invented that statistic on the spot,… Read More ›

MIT does not equal Mitt

They don’t even sound alike. An MIT alumna was nearly prevented from voting in Florida because she was wearing an MIT shirt. A poll worker thought she was illegally campaigning for Romney inside the polling place.

Fractal pancakes!

Maybe some of my precalculus students will make fractal pancakes for the Fractal Fair in March (though I’m not sure where we could serve them, as the Fair is held in the school library). Here’s what they look like:

Emulating the TI-84

American schools have been using Texas Instruments calculators for more than a quarter of a century now. They have become the de facto standard. More recently, computers and projectors have become ubiquitous, so you would think that we would have a better… Read More ›

Boston Cream

I had never heard of Canadian crime fiction writer Howard Shrier before reading Boston Cream, part of Shrier’s series featuring Toronto detective Jonah Geller. In a recent interview, the author said that “some Canadian readers have said that these books are… Read More ›