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Janken (rock-paper-scissors) Robot with 100% winning rate

                     

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What’s an algorithm and how they shape our world #edchat #math

  What’s an algorithm? An algorithm is a method of solving problems both big and small. Though computers run algorithms constantly, humans can also solve problems with algorithms. David J. Malan explains how algorithms can be used in seemingly simple … Continue reading

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Can You Crack Pigeon’s Secret Wartime Code?

LONDON (Reuters) – A World War Two code found strapped to the leg of a dead pigeon stuck in a chimney for the last 70 years may never be broken, a British intelligence agency said on Friday. Watch the Reuters … Continue reading

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A Talk by Andrew Wiles

“Every subject generates its own legends, like the search for Atlantis, or the quest to translate ancient hieroglyphics,” says Andrew Wiles, professor of mathematics. “There’s a romance and excitement around these kinds of problems. When they’re solved, one can sense … Continue reading

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Clever Gadget Might Outsmart You

  Think you got an answer for this clever wooden gadget? Try guessing where that ball is!    

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Paul Erdős, mathematician (1913 – 1996)

Paul Erdős – MacTutor History of Mathematics Paul Erdős Bio     Paul Erdős: N is a number – full documentary     In an age when genius is a mere commodity, it is useful to look at a person … Continue reading

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Mathematicians explain why Guinness bubbles sink

Guinness pour     Why do the bubbles in a glass of stout beer such as Guinness sink while the beer is settling, even though the bubbles are lighter than the surrounding liquid? According to an article in PhysOrg: “To … Continue reading

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Kasparov vs #Turing #chess

For the first time in public, Mr Kasparov played a match against Turing’s chess program live on stage at The University of Manchester’s Alan Turing Centenary Conference. Although he won in just 16 moves, Mr Kasparov praised the prototype program … Continue reading

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The Fascinating Story Behind the Archimedes Palimpsest by William Noel

“People go to the Louvre because they’ve seen the Mona Lisa; the reason people might not be going to your institution is because they don’t know what’s in it. Digitization is a way to address that issue.” William Noel   … Continue reading

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Terry Moore: Why is ‘x’ the unknown?

“‘Algebra’ roughly translates to ‘the system for reconciling disparate parts.’” “To write a word or a phrase or a sentence in Arabic is like crafting an equation, because every part is extremely precise and carries a lot of information.” Terry … Continue reading

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