Archive for the ‘Mathematics’ Category

Martin Gardner puzzles

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Not surprisingly, some bloggers are remembering Martin Gardner by posting some of his classic puzzles.  There are three here, and three more here.

The second one has an extremely appropriate little animation in his memory:

Farewell to Martin Gardner

(If this doesn’t look animated in your browser, try following the link.)

CSI: Ancient Athens

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Andrew Jaffe shares my love of oddities regarding probability theory:

Before it happened, I would have said slim. But since it happened, 100%.

€”Lawrence Fishburne, CSI, on the chances of being hit in the head by a tortoise dropped by a bird of prey.

I’ve never seen CSI.  Are they investigating the death of Aeschylus?

The Daily Show on probability theory

Monday, May 18th, 2009

I liked this bit on the Daily Show about the Large Hadron Collider for a bunch of reasons, mostly because John Oliver is always great.  Among other things, though, it contains a great illustration of how tricky it is, when using a Bayesian approach to probability, to choose the right prior.  That bit starts at about 3:07 and is hilariously reprised at the very end, but you should really watch the whole thing if you haven’t seen it.

Since explanations of jokes are never tedious, there’s a bit of exegesis after the jump.