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How the St. Louis Arch got its shape

I found this wonderful short video on Science Friday by mathematician Robert Osserman on the Math behind the St. Louis Gateway Arch. This video is a great testament to the beauty of mathematics. Watch it and tell us if you agree.

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Intel Partners with President Obama and Commits $200 Million for Math and Science Education

I received this email from Intel yesterday and thought many of you would be interested:

Today, as part of President Obama’s “Educate to Innovate” Campaign, Intel joined with the President to honor America’s best math and science teachers and committed $200 million to help improve math and science achievement in the US. As part of this commitment, Intel will provide math and science training to more than 100,000 U.S. teachers over the next 3 years.

At Intel, it is commonly said that computers aren’t magic, teachers are. And that’s why Intel continues to provide teachers with the knowledge, tools and resources they need to help their students excel in math and science and succeed in an innovation-driven society.

Today’s commitment includes:

  1. The expansion of Intel Math – an intensive 80-hour professional development math course for elementary school teachers – to school districts in all 50 states at no cost.
  2. New Web-based instruction and collaboration tools for science teachers of all grades as part of the Intel Teach program.

Intel is also continuing its investment in the Intel Science Talent Search and the Intel International Engineering Fair, which inspire more than 600,000 American students each year to pursue math and science research. In fact, next Wednesday, 300 high school seniors will be honored as semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search. The 40 finalists, who will be announced on January 27, will compete for the top prize of $100,000 in Washington, D.C. from March 11-16.

See Intel's press release for more information.

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Mini review: One Wolf HOWLS

A while ago I was contacted by Sylvan Dell Publishing, asking me if I'd be willing to review one of their books. The company publishes science and Math books for children. I didn't think that Wild About Math! wouldn't be a particularly good match for a review since my audience is older than Sylvan Dell's audience. I don't accept books for review that I don't think are appropriate for this blog. I explained this to the publisher and they were still interested in my proceeding with reviewing one of their books.


Winner: Cool caption crafting contest

Happy New Year Everyone!

A week before Christmas I posted a contest asking folks to come up with the best caption for this picture (click to enlarge.)

Well, I got 63 submissions and I had the tough job of picking the one I liked most. What I did was read each caption and mentally note how hard I laughed. Scientific approach, wasn't it?

I laughed hardest at JJC's submission so he or she gets the $20 Amazon gift card:

Welcome to Undergrad Physics in One Semester. I don’t expect you to understand anything on the board, just the Calc behind it.

Here are a bunch of the other submissions that cracked me up:

"Any questions?" - by Anais

…and that wraps up #2. Any questions? Good. Numbers 3 to 10 for homework. Careful, #7 is less straightforward. - by John Golden

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