Math News

FBI needs help to crack code

The FBI has released two notes in code that relate to the murder case of Ricky McCormick from 1999. McCormick had been murdered and his body was dumped in a field. The only clues were the two encrypted notes below that were found in the victim’s pockets. Despite several experts working on the code (including …

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Math websites and Aprils Fools day

The first is xkcd, who is apparently trying to give us all headaches by turning every comic into 3D looking: As you move your mouse around the boxes/perspective changes. Next, Wolfram|Alpha is apparently now Bieber|Beta:

Lies in online dating

Christian Rudder has a post over on the okcupid blog discussing the lies people tell on the online dating site. For example, the male heights on okcupid follow the expected normal distribution, however, it is shifted to the right of where it should be: He also looks at age, income, sexuality and age of profile …

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Fast Base Running

In baseball, what’s the fastest way around the bases? If you hit a long ball and know you can reach at least second base, then rather run in a straight line towards first base, you should veer towards the dugout in a circular fashion. The optimal baserunning path is one that is studied by Williams …

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Math Forums

Hi guys, For all you math geeks out there I decided to create a forum for math geeks to unite and discuss math and more math! (Of course, any one can join even if you aren’t a math geek). So if you’re bored and looking for something to do, feel free to check them out …

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RIP: Mathematician John Selfridge

News has it that mathematician John L. Selfridge (born February 17, 1927) has passed away on Sunday, October 31st, 2010. Selfridge was an American mathematician who made contributions to the fields of analytic number theory, computational number theory, and combinatorics. His main collaborators were Paul ErdÅ‘s (14 papers) and Richard Guy (10 papers). He was …

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