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Written By: grant on January 26, 2015 No Comment

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The full title of this appears to be: “D ß ist der schneck auß dem grund auf gezogen/mit allen notwendigen linien drauß er gemacht wirdet,” or “This is the spiral from the plan drawn into the room, with all necessary construction lines.”

It’s from a volume on making three-dimensional shapes out of numbers. […]

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Written By: grant on July 8, 2014 No Comment

Nature has more on the suitably self-recursive premiere of a uniquely mathematical piece of music:

The piece, “The Hilbert Heartbreak Hotel” by Danish composer Niels Marthinsen, was the brainchild of computer scientist Thore Husfeldt of Lund University in Sweden and IT University of Copenhagen. “I probably have some latent frustration about the increasing fragmentation […]

Written By: grant on May 27, 2014 No Comment

When it comes to finding new information, The Independent reports, those crazy, criss-crossing paths that ants take are more efficient than Google at processing new information:

The joint Chinese-German study, which is published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that while individual “scout” ants may seem “chaotic” in their movements, they are […]

Written By: grant on April 30, 2014 No Comment

Or so says a new analysis published in Nature. That’s 4% of condemned people who would be exonerated given enough time:

Few convictions result in an exoneration, most of those convicted never manage to prove their innocence and many cases do not have their final outcomes recorded, so data are not available to researchers. Innocent […]

Written By: grant on December 31, 2013 No Comment

…and they way they move, ScienceDaily says follows the same mathematical pattern:

A mathematical pattern of movement called a Lévy walk describes the foraging behavior of animals from sharks to honey bees, and now for the first time has been shown to describe human hunter-gatherer movement as well. The study, led by University of Arizona […]

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Written By: grant on December 17, 2013 No Comment

Nature has more on the math whizzes of the South Pacific:

Binary arithmetic, the basis of all virtually digital computation today, is usually said to have been invented at the start of the eighteenth century by the German mathematician Gottfried Leibniz. But a study now shows that a kind of binary system was already […]

Written By: grant on August 9, 2013 No Comment

That’s the argument Laboratory Equipment describes some mathematical taxonomists (there’s a discipline for you) are making – claiming that some kinds of plankton are individually so small and so *weird*, they’re impossible to divide into different species:

A new mathematical theory from the Univ. of Bath is challenging one of the most basic ideas of […]

Written By: grant on June 9, 2013 No Comment

SONG: “Beautiful People” (penitential cover) [Download] (To download: double right-click & “Save As”)

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: This is a cover (a late one) making up for a late song in April. Now, I owe one more cover for May. Mea maxima culpa. This song was written by the curiously […]

Written By: grant on March 10, 2013 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Bodendruckapparat nach Pascal</i> by Max Kohl

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This is an illustration of a model of a paradox – they hydrostatic paradox, as demonstrated by Blaise Pascal. The paradox is that the pressure at the bottom of a column of water only depends on the height of the water, not the shape or the volume. Six tons of water and […]

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