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Math Jams

Sorry I’m so late to the party on this one, but I wanted to draw your attention to this NPR article from a couple of months back. It profiles the “Songwriter in Residence” program at the University of Tennessee’s National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (or NIMBioS if you feel like spitting a bunch of letters out of your mouth). The experimental program hires songwriters for one month stints at the Institute, during which time they work with researchers to develop two songs on current scientific/mathematical research. Here’s one of the resident’s performing a song on sexual selection:

While combining the arts with the sciences is nothing new, it’s cool to see a program embrace the intersection of these disciplines with such gusto. Of course, it can be difficult to squeeze educational content out of a song with a science focus, but . . . → Read More: Math Jams

More Shameless Self-Promotion

Hi all. As a small gift for you going into this weekend, here‘s a link to an article from The Numbers Guy at the Wall Street Journal. I was one of several people interviewed for my thoughts on the preponderance of math holidays that have been in the news recently. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you will already know my general feelings towards these holidays. More details, though, can be found here or here. If you’re curious, you can probably find other articles in which I jump on the soapbox.

I’ll be back next week with something more substantive. In the meantime, enjoy your weekend, and if you’re in Los Angeles, Happy Carmageddon!

Some Readership Statistics

This week marks the third anniversary of Math Goes Pop! As such, I thought it might be appropriate to engage in a bit of navel-gazing. But since I can gaze at my own navel whenever I please, I’d like to flip the script, as it were, and turn my attention towards the collective navels of my readership.

Our cat's third birthday is also this week. It is unclear which event he is celebrating, although the dilated pupils suggest he is celebrating a bit too hard.

I’d like to share with you some data on the geographic distribution of my US readers. While there is a large California bias, people from all over the country seem to have stumbled upon this corner of the internet, and have hopefully enjoyed their time here.

This represents you, gentle reader. Darker green means more viewers.

Of course, a California bias shouldn’t be . . . → Read More: Some Readership Statistics

Some Shameless Self-Promotion

Looking for a way to procrastinate before the three day weekend? Then feel free to check out this interview I gave to the Journal of Media Literacy Education. I gave the interview some time ago, but just happened to stumble upon it in published form this week. If you want some behind-the-scenes perspective into how this blog started, and my general philosophy behind writing it, this interview is a good place to start.

Hope the long weekend treats you well!