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PIGEONS ARE BRILLIANT IN MATH

THE GIST Pigeons have just tied with non-human primates in terms of math competence. Pigeons can not only discriminate quantities, they can also learn abstract mathematical concepts. enlarge Pigeons turn out to be math whizzes — and other birds may be equally skilled. Click to enlarge this image.  Pigeons may be ubiquitous, but they’re also brainy,…

Brilliance in a Short and Tragic Life

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Évariste Galois was born in the village of Bourg-la-Reine near Paris on October 25, 1811 to Nicholas Gabriel Galois and Adelaide Marie Galois Demante. Both of his parents were intelligent and well educated in philosophy, classical literature and religion. However, there is no indication of any special mathematical ability in any members of Galois’ family.…

Golden Ratio

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It is very obvious that there is an amazing system at work in the universe. Words are usually insufficient to explain this perfection. Therefore, one must refer to the different language and approach of mathematics. Characteristics found in events and structures that are similar, but seem unconnected with one another indicate that there is a…

From Soap Bubbles to Technology

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Children love playing with soap bubbles; they like to blow a circle after dipping a bubble wand into soapy water and watch the bubbles flying out of it. However, it is not only children who play with soap bubbles and soap film. Scientists have, for hundreds of years, been doing experiments with soap bubbles, developing…

I ♥ Mathematics

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ooh….it’s been I while since I last posted. We had a smashing Christmas and new year. Hope you all did too! My computer died just before Christmas and it’s taken my hubby and I a while to bring it back to life…which is why it’s been a bit quiet. I lost 3 months worth of…

Sudoku

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Irski matematičar Gary McGuire riješio je važan matematikčki problem u Sudokuu, popularnoj japanskoj igri s brojevima. Koristeći kompleksan algoritam i milione sati rada superkompjutera, došao je do činjenice da u tabeli Sudokua trebaju da budu najmanje 17 zadatih brojeva, kako bi postojalo rješenje problema, sve ploče s manje od 17 početno postavljenih brojeva, nemaju jedinstveno…

Izračunata 10 Trilionita Cifra Broja Pi

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Shigeru Kondo, uz pomoć prijatelja, je uspio izračunati 10 trilionitu cifra broja Pi; na kućnom računaru. Pi, matematička konstanta koja opisuje odnos između obima kruga i njegovog prečnika, se uobičajeno piše zaokruženo na samo dvije decimale, 3,14. Vjeruje se da ju je prvi opisao Arhimed u 3.stoljeću p.n.e., i od tada se koristi u velikom…