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July 31, 2015

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2:00 PM | #535 Approaching – A new minimal geometric composition each day.
#535 Approaching – A new minimal geometric composition each day.
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1:39 PM | planetaryfolklore: eideticfields: Ciudad Abierta, Juegos y...
planetaryfolklore: eideticfields: Ciudad Abierta, Juegos y torneos, 1927–77. From the archive of José Vial Armstrong, Escuela de Arquitectura y Diseño de la Pontificia. Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile.(via polychroniadis)

July 30, 2015

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2:00 PM | #534 Fencing – A new minimal geometric composition each day.
#534 Fencing – A new minimal geometric composition each day.
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12:57 PM | 11 Commonly Misspelled Words in Matheamtics
No, this isn’t meant to be another stupid post about how ppolee can raed setecnnes wehn the ltetres of ecah wrod are scamrbeld. But if you were paying attention, you may have noticed that the word mathematics was misspelled in the title. In an ironic twist of fate, the word that I misspell most often […]

July 29, 2015

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2:00 PM | #533 Breakpoints – A new minimal geometric composition each day.
#533 Breakpoints – A new minimal geometric composition each day.
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2:54 AM | Algebra (sort of) in a short story
 Tomorrow I head to Baltimore for the BRIDGES Math-Arts Conference.Explore the conference program at this link.  Would love to see you there! It is my occasional delight to learn of a new mathy poem in an email message from Francisco José Craveiro de Carvalho, a Portuguese mathematician who loves poetry and has translated many math-related poems to and from his native language -- a seeker and finder of such poems who shares them with me.  (See also 23 October 2010, 17 […]

July 28, 2015

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2:00 PM | #532 Wharf – A new minimal geometric composition each day.
#532 Wharf – A new minimal geometric composition each day.
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12:00 AM | Jupiter Submarine
Jupiter Submarine What if you released a submarine into Jupiter's atmosphere? Would it eventually reach a point where it would float? Could it navigate? —KTH Nope! Jupiter's pressure, density, and temperature curves are different from ours. At the point in Jupiter's atmosphere where the density is high enough for a submarine to float, the pressure is high enough to crush the submarine,[1]Which makes it more dense. and the temperature is high enough to melt it.[2]Which makes […]

July 27, 2015

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2:00 PM | #531 I/O – A new minimal geometric composition each day.
#531 I/O – A new minimal geometric composition each day.
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12:25 AM | La recta en el plano
Esquema rápido que relaciona las formas principales de la ecuación de una recta en el plano y el modo de pasar de una a otra a partir de las relaciones entre coeficientes, vector y pendiente. Es muy útil para comprender la … Sigue leyendo →

July 25, 2015

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4:44 PM | Math and Poetry and Climate
Canadian poet Madhur Anand is also an Environmental Scientist; her love of nature and concerns for preserving a habitable climate pervade her work -- and she also scatters throughout it some mathematics.  You can imagine my delight when I found in her new collection (A New Index for Predicting Catastrophes) a poem (included below) that features the identity matrix.  Read on!No Two Things Can Be More Equal    by Madhur AnandIn undergrad I learned about the […]
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2:00 PM | #530 Mont Sainte-Victoire – A new minimal geometric composition...
#530 Mont Sainte-Victoire – A new minimal geometric composition each day.

July 24, 2015

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2:00 PM | #529 Illusionist – A new minimal geometric composition each day.
#529 Illusionist – A new minimal geometric composition each day.

July 23, 2015

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2:00 PM | #528 Landings – A new minimal geometric composition each day.
#528 Landings – A new minimal geometric composition each day.

July 22, 2015

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2:00 PM | #527 Dancer – A new minimal geometric composition each day.
#527 Dancer – A new minimal geometric composition each day.

July 21, 2015

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9:20 PM | The culture for women in math and the sciences
Perhaps the phrase "ordinary" women scientists is an oxymoron -- but it should not be.  Women should be free to populate the full range of aspiration and dedication to science or any other profession.   In this spirit, I offer below a thought-provoking poem, "Ordinary Women Scientists," by science writer and poet Mary Alexandra Agner, from the excellent and important anthology Raising Lilly Ledbetter:  Women Poets Occupy the Workspace.     Here are links to […]
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2:00 PM | #526 Planet of the bees – A new minimal geometric composition...
#526 Planet of the bees – A new minimal geometric composition each day.

July 20, 2015

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2:00 PM | #525 Tolerance – A new minimal geometric composition each day.
#525 Tolerance – A new minimal geometric composition each day.

July 19, 2015

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9:58 PM | Terror/Mathematics
Several friends have sent me links to the poem "Terror/Mathematics" by Zeina Hashem Beck -- written after the beheading of 21 Christian Egyptians in Libya in February 2015 and published online here in One Throne Magazine.  To illustrate the style (with some mathematical symbols) and the power of the poem I offer the first couple of stanzas below -- and invite you to go to the One Throne website for all seven stanzas.from   Terror/Mathematics     by Zeina Hashem […]

July 18, 2015

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2:00 PM | #524 Ravine – A new minimal geometric composition each day.
#524 Ravine – A new minimal geometric composition each day.

July 17, 2015

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2:00 PM | #523 Room – A new minimal geometric composition each day.
#523 Room – A new minimal geometric composition each day.

July 16, 2015

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2:00 PM | #522 Act three – A new minimal geometric composition each day.
#522 Act three – A new minimal geometric composition each day.
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10:31 AM | Celebrating Ada Lovelace
Recently I have purchased the anthology, Raising Lilly Ledbetter:  Women Poets Occupying the Workplace (edited by Caroline Wright, M.L. Lyons & Eugenia Toledo, Lost Horse Press, 2015), and have found in it dozens of wonderful poems, including several that celebrate women of science.  Below I offer a poem by New York poet Jo Pitman that honors Ada Lovelace (1815-1852).  Bird, Moon, Engine     by Jo PitmanLike a fence or a wall to keep me from […]

July 15, 2015

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2:00 PM | #521 Shadow of a rhomb – A new minimal geometric composition...
#521 Shadow of a rhomb – A new minimal geometric composition each day.

July 14, 2015

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7:57 PM | Visual-mathematical poetry
      The poems that I write and most of the poems that I include in this blog use mathematical patterns to structure their lines and stanzas or mathematical terminology in their content -- but blogger Kaz Maslanka is a mathematical poet who does something different:  his creations involve mathematical operations and symbols as well as words.  For example, the following visual poem -- involving symbols for "equals" and "divided by" -- comes from a recent […]
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2:00 PM | #520 Horizons – You can get this a hand-made limited edition...
#520 Horizons – You can get this a hand-made limited edition silkscreen prints only this week on Monoqi.com! – A new minimal geometric composition each day.
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12:00 AM | New Horizons
New Horizons What if the New Horizons hits my car? —Robin Sheat New Horizons is currently flying past Pluto. For the last few days, it's been giving us our first clear look at the world, and it should be making its closest approach at the moment this article is posted. Either that, or hitting your car, I guess. It's hard to imagine how that could happen, even if New Horizons had headed to Earth by mistake. Unless there's been an especially strange freeway accident, your car […]

July 13, 2015

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2:00 PM | #519 Evening – A new minimal geometric composition each day.
#519 Evening – A new minimal geometric composition each day.
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8:04 AM | In a collaboration with the super-hero design platform...
In a collaboration with the super-hero design platform Monoqi.com I printed 12 new graphics from the Geometry Daily back catalog! (Oops, there is even one that will only be published tomorrow …)As the last four prints, these are hand-printed with silkscreens and acrylic colors on “Alt Mainz” 300g/m2 printmaking cardboard. Looks awesome. They are limited editions, signed and numbered on the backside.These prints have two different sizes, 7 graphics are 30 x 30 cm and 5 are 20 x 20 cm. […]

July 11, 2015

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8:25 PM | Math fun with song lyrics
Song-writer Bill Calhoun is a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics at Pennsylvania's Bloomsburg University (where I also hung out for many years). He belongs, along with colleagues Erik Wynters and Kevin Ferland, to a band called "The Derivatives."  And Bill has granted permission for me to include several of his math lyrics (parodies) here. (In this previous post, we consider the connection between song parodies and mathematical […]
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