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4 years agoAnalysis watchmakers
Should you trust your financial advisor? Pseudomathematics and financial charlatanism
Your financial advisor calls you to suggest a new investment scheme. Drawing on 20 years of data, he/she asks: If you had invested according to this scheme in the past, which portfolio would have been the best? His/Her computer assembled thousands of simulated portfolios and calculated for each one a measure of return on risk. Out of this calculation, your advisor has chosen the "optimal" portfolio, which he/she recommends, noting it is based on sound mathematical methods. Should you i...

4 years agoAnalysis watchmakers
'Body hack' app by math researchers shortcuts jetlag recovery
A different kind of jetlag mobile app released today by mathematicians reveals previously unknown shortcuts that can help travelers snap their internal clocks to new time zones as efficiently as possible.

4 years agoComment watchmakers
I particularly liked the part where they wanted $3 billion from Google. That doesn't make them look crazy at all. Nope. Not at all. The thing is, they have legitimate complaints, as Kevin Rose very generously acknowledged. I wish that they were going about it in a way designed to produce positive change, rather than negative attention.

4 years agoAnalysis watchmakers
Off massshell: Pythagoras to the LHC, via Einstein and Feynman
Jon Butterworth: When a particle physicist describes something as "off massshell", they could be referring to a bit of quantum mechanics, or denouncing an unrealistic budget. Either way, it's a bit of jargon connecting Pythagoras to the LHC, via Einstein and Feynman

4 years agoAnalysis watchmakers
E=MC2: Einstein's equation that gave birth to the atom bomb
Alok Jha: Albert Einstein's famous equation E=MC2 for the first time connected the mass of an object with its energy and heralded a new world of physics

4 years agoAnalysis watchmakers
A Brief History of Infinitesimals: The Idea That Gave Birth to Modern Calculus
Learning to see the infinite in lines, planes and solids changed math forever

4 years agoAnalysis watchmakers
Human biology inspires encryption method
Researchers at Lancaster University, UK have taken a hint from the way the human lungs and heart constantly communicate with each other, to devise an innovative, highly flexible encryption algorit...

4 years ago
It was a joke based on my username.

4 years agoAnalysis watchmakers
Graham’s Number Is Too Big for Me to Tell You How Big It Is  Roots of Unity, Scientific American Blog Network
A brief introduction to this gigantic number.

4 years agoAnalysis watchmakers
Empire State Building vanishes: amazing images of geometrical illusion
Alex Bellos: A mathematician has updated a classic geometrical puzzle – and explained how it works

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La successione di Fibonacci diventa un quadro: l'arte è matematica
Interesting images based upon various mathematical sequences and constants.

4 years agoAnalysis watchmakers
A new mathematics for experimental science
Mathematics is the ultimate scientific tool. For centuries it has been used to describe the forces of nature, from planetary motion to fluid dynamics. It helped unlock the secrets of DNA and unleashed the Digital Revolution. Today, in the age of highresolution detectors and international research collaborations, ...

4 years agoAnalysis watchmakers
Overcoming structural uncertainty in computer models
A computer model is a representation of the functional relationship between one set of parameters, which forms the model input, and a corresponding set of target parameters, which forms the model output. A true model for a particular problem can rarely be defined with certainty. Scientists have now offered a method to incorporate judgments into a model about structural uncertainty that results from building an 'incorrect' model.

4 years agoComment watchmakers
How... how can you do that to a poor, defenseless watch? I think I need to lie down.

4 years agoComment watchmakers
This is what happens when ignorant bureaucrats are allowed to enforce their intellectually vacant opinions on scientific investigation.

4 years agoComment watchmakers
What about the brownies? Won't anyone think about the brownies?!

4 years agoAnalysis watchmakers
A Horse of the Same Color
An inductive proof that all horses must be of the same color

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4 years agoComment watchmakers
Needs more Bible.
Posted in: How To Be An American

4 years agoComment watchmakers
They really are trying to kill us.

4 years agoComment watchmakers
Don't worry, everyone. He's really an undercover EPA agent who is going to Russia so he can protect the environment by kicking people in the face.

4 years agoComment watchmakers
I guess I'll start the diet tomorrow...
Posted in: 20 Epic Alternatives to Peanut Butter

4 years agoAnalysis watchmakers
Addictive Candy Crush video game is officially hard  physicsmath  11 March 2014  New Scientist
A mathematical analysis of the game reveals that it belongs to a class of fiendish computational problems.

4 years agoComment watchmakers
Reading the comments section from that article gave me hives.
