The New Zealand Statistical Association is having its annual meeting at the moment in Christchurch. It’s hard for a lot of people to imagine how there could be new research in statistics, so here are some examples from the awards. Maxine Pfannkuch won the Association’s lifetime achievement award, for her work on statistics education. She studies how […]
My MaBloWriMo 2015 run met an untimely end on the 18th, when LaTeX stopped working on WordPress for me; I could no longer see any of the LaTex I was writing. It’s still not working for me in Chrome, but it’s now working for me in another browser, so hopefully I’ll get some posts up soon.
A Century Ago, Einstein’s Theory of Relativity Changed Everything: Dennis Overbye:By the fall of 1915, Albert Einstein was a bit grumpy.[…]Worse, he had discovered a fatal flaw in his new theory of gravity, propounded with great fanfare only a couple of years before. And now he no longer had the field to himself. The German mathematician David Hilbert was breathing down his neck.
ibmblr:While the blueprints of nature have existed since… well… the beginning of time, the fractal math revealing these hidden patterns was only discovered in the 1970s. But that didn’t stop software designer and fractal enthusiast Ken Shirriff from bending time to generate a classic Mandelbrot fractal on a 50-year-old IBM 1401 mainframe. Running antique punch cards, Ken had to wait 12 long minutes for the heavy-duty scientific calculation job to complete, thanks to a 15-second CPU
The capacity to blunder slightly is the real marvel of DNA. Without this special attribute, we would still be anaerobic bacteria and there would be no music.— Lewis ThomasThe 329th day of the year; 329 is the sum of three consecutive primes. 329 is the number of forests (trees and disconnected trees) possible with ten vertices.329 is also a happy number, since the iteration of the sums of the squares of its digits includes 1, \(3^2 + 2^2 + 9^2 = 94, 9^2 + 4^2 = 97, 9^2 + 7^2 = 130, 1^2 […]