Katie is running an Aperiodical advent calendar (Aperiodvent 2018), with fun maths Christmas treats every day. Behind the door for 7th December was Parabolic Sewing. This is not unrelated to what I submitted as my entry to The Big Internet Math-Off last summer. I have been revisiting this idea ready for a class next week… Read more »
Today is the regular monthly MathsJam date for people to meet in pubs and do maths all over the world (some are meeting next week instead – check MathsJam.com to find your nearest). Their internal puzzle sharing sheet is snowflake themed this month, and is shared online so you can join in from home. This post… Read more »
The next issue of the Carnival of Mathematics, rounding up blog posts from the month of November, and compiled by Ioana, is now online at Life Through a Mathematician’s Eyes. The Carnival rounds up maths blog posts from all over the internet, including some from our own Aperiodical. See our Carnival of Mathematics page for more information.
Before he entered Aperiodical’s Big Internet Math-Off, contestant Jim Propp wrote this lovely blog post about dimensional analysis back in February, using it to predict how well Michael Jordan would be able to play basketball on the moon and how long it would take to roast a large bird. Make use of it when you’re planning Christmas… Read more »
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… some mildly interesting combinatorics! The Twelve Days of Christmas is a Christmas favourite, and whether you interpret the lyrics to mean that each day only one type of present is given, or more literally to mean that on each day you are given… Read more »
Enjoy a wonderful 11 minutes of @FryRSquared talking about the probability problems associated with assigning Secret Santa presents by drawing names from a hat: This post is part of the Aperiodical’s 2018 Aperiodvent Calendar.
By stitching carefully between a set of points, you can create a parabola – these Christmas cards have taken this idea and given it a festive twist.