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The minch, the mound and the light-gigaminch

On Wednesday 27th November 2013, friend of The Aperiodical and standup mathematician Matt Parker tweeted a link to his latest YouTube video.

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In the video Matt apologises for some remarks on the imperial number system that he made in an earlier Number Hub video about the A4 paper scale. He then goes into some of the quirkiness of the many imperial number units used for measuring length. It is an unusual ‘apology’, although very entertaining.

This got me thinking about how I think about lengths, and I tweeted that I often think in ‘metric-imperial’ units of length, or multiples of exactly 25mm in my job as a civil and structural engineer – a metric inch, if you like. Colin Wright suggested the name ‘minch’ for these units; there are then two score minch to the metre.

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Some news from the world of capitalism: various maths people have things you can spend money on. Our roving reporters investigate.

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Maths Inspiration, a maths theatre show which has been touring the country for a few years providing large-scale theatre shows for GCSE and A-Level students, has now released a set of DVDs of a special series of talks, which were filmed earlier this year.

Not mentioned on The Aperiodical last year

Here’s a quick round-up of some news stories from the tail end of 2012 that we characteristically failed to write up!

Follow Friday, 2/11/12

Since the date is palindromic, and the weekday starts with an F, it’s time for another instalment of Follow Friday! Here’s some people I recommend following if you’re on Twitter, and some enjoyable tweets/links for you to look at if not.

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