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Give it Away, Give it Away, Give it Away Later

For hockey fans, summer is a quiet time of year. I’ve never followed the sport that closely, but with the Kings having recently won the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years, I’m reminded of a curious incident that I witnessed during the only NHL game I’ve ever been to.

A friend of mine received free tickets to a Kings game when I was living in LA several years ago. He invited my now-wife and me along, and the price was certainly right, so four of us went to the Staples center one Saturday afternoon.

I don’t remember much about the game (though I do recall that the Kings emerged victorious). What I remember most vividly was that during one of the breaks between periods, a new car was brought onto the ice and there was a contest to give that car . . . → Read More: Give it Away, Give it Away, Give it Away Later

Math in Books: The Universe in Zero Words

I recently had the pleasure of reading The Universe in Zero Words: The Story of Mathematics as Told through Equations. Written by Dr. Dana Mackenzie, the book frames mathematical history in terms of some of the most important equations ever discovered. While writing about equations for a general audience can be a dangerous game, Dr. Mackenzie tackles mathematical notation head on. If the sight of an equation causes a chill to run down your spine, fear not; the book eases you in with the very simplest of equations (we’re talking 1 + 1 = 2 here) and guides you gently through a history of mathematics, from antiquity to present day.

Of course, as you move closer to the present, the equations get a little more sophisticated. Even so, Dr. Mackenzie does his best to ground the equations to something relatable to a wide . . . → Read More: Math in Books: The Universe in Zero Words

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