Archive for the ‘Mathematics’ Category

Thanksgiving day menu for citizen scientist

I get lots of e-mails from a variety of groups and one of my favorites is the organization, SciStarter. Anyway, the last one I got was entitled “We’ve created a fabulous menu of Citizen Science projects!“. Now that looks like quite a menu.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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The end of the mathematics of life

I’m hoping that this week I will finally finish the book I’m still reading, The Mathematics of Life by Ian Stewart. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s given me a really good view into the perspective of math and how much of a role it plays in our lives but it’s also been a slow read.

So in honor of this book, I’ve chosen the article “The secret math of plants: biologists uncover rules that govern leaf design” at Science Daily.

Sweet Dreams!


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Buckminster Fuller & icosahedrons

I have to say until I started reading The Mathematics of Life (which I’m half-way through) by Ian Stewart and in particular, chapter 10 entitled Virus from the Fourth Dimension, I can truly say I’d never heard of Buckminster Fuller nor a Icosahedron (a 20 sided solid).

According to Ian Stewart, it has always played a role in pure mathematics. I guess for me, the only time that I can recall where I’ve seen this shape is the Climatron at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

I’ve also since learn that there is at least one other one, this one down in Oklahoma. I went to the University of Oklahoma at Norman so I guess there’s a connection there. You can read about it in the article “Buckminster Fuller-Inspired Gold Dome To Be Preserved As Historic Site in Oklahoma“by Julie M. Rodriguez at Inhabitat.

Now believe it or not, there is also an annual Buckminster Fuller Challenge which you can read about in this article, also over at Inhabitat, entitled “The BFI Announces the 2013 Semi-Finalists for the Buckminster Fuller Challenge” by Morgana Matus.



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Genes and genome

Okay, I have to say that reading The Mathematics of Life by Ian Stewart, has helped me to understand this article over at the New York Times, It’s entitled “The Simple Life, With Companions” by Carl Zimmer.  So while I’m still trying to figure out the difference between genes and genome, it’s still a great read.



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