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Friday, December 25, 2015

Science 2015, from Caltech

15 very cool discoveries, including #15:

people with Autism Spectrum Disorder pay closer attention to simple edges and patterns in images than to the faces of people...strongly attracted to the center of images—regardless of what was placed there—and to differences in color and contrast rather than facial features.

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PS: probably autistic.  

Monday, December 7, 2015

21 reasons

21 reasons you should make math 

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More essays on the art of math (at the Foundational Questions Institute, FQXi 2015 contest)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Signals homework: make an instrument, or make a light sensor, something like that

I tried to insert "making" in my latest go-round teaching engineering Signals and Systems.  It didn't happen - yielded one lonely drum - but I will try again before the semester ends.  I'll show the class this video for inspiration.

Because we all need to play, for God's sake.

I'll possibly give the option of using software (instead of making things), that is, options 3 and 4 will be
- to demo STKInstruments (synthetic toolkit available for instance in Chuck music programming)
- or demo Image Processing using Mathematica or a popular programming language?
But maybe it's better to keep it simple with two options only?

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Friday, May 15, 2015

I'll be back

I have many more math blog posts planned, but I feel a little tired, so let's take a few more months off, please?
See you in January 2016. 
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

I wish I was going to the Cambridge Science Festival

March 2015
in the UK
~ would be a nice holiday ~
hanging out around Mathematics

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Ah, well, there are the Festival websites.  Here is a schedule and preview on Plus.Maths.org.

https://www.google.com/search?q=chris+impey

 Meanwhile, I'm taking Coursera + U. of Arizona 's astronomy course given by Chris Impey.
It's encyclopedic and fun. 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Did you notice the address change?

X Bubbler has moved from xinvogue.blogspot to xbubbler.blogspot.com (subscribe/follow)

Popular on X Bubbler:
1. Mahjonng Titans tips 
2. Teaching mathematics 
3. Prime numbers 
4. Converting between web traffic and alexa rank 
5. MORE Fun with mathematics:
  • 2010 - Prose, pictures, money, games, mathworld, and NUMB3RS
  • 2011 - Mazes, demography, and dancing
  • 2012 - Metatheses, Movies, Becoming Charlie, Ali G, Khan Academy 
  • December 2012 - Carnival of Mathematics 93
  • 2013 - 2015 - Fame and Games (Fields Medals, The Russians, Puzzles, Pop-Rock-Stars) 
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Saturday, January 3, 2015

School should be fun

Why not bring our media and entertainment know-how to the problem of BORINGNESS in education?  From the business/economy standpoint, I figure this is 100m dollars in value in the first two years, and large benefits subsequently. 

We already know that students ought to be free to play around.
That 'teaching' should be more driven by student curiosity than by the teachers' plans.
And that business-as-usual is NOT working: Education is failing to excite youngsters nearly as much as television, sex, gossip, money, or even photographs of their own faces.
So, education has issues on many dimensions: it limits activity, stems discovery; it is thought of as BORING.

If school is to compete with television for instance, for youngsters' attention, here is just how hyper it may need to become.   


I work in education, so of course I know people who think that school should not be fun.  I sort of disagree.  I think if you engage and excite first, you're halfway there.

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