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Category Archives: Fun
Quasirandom Christmas Trees: at the Movies
In Quasirandom Christmas Trees, I applied quasirandom numbers to the decoration of Christmas trees. Quasirandom patterns can be used to arrange ornaments without bunching them together or leaving large blank spaces (problems that typical random numbers can cause). You don’t … Continue reading
Posted in Fun, Math
Tagged Christmas Trees, Halton Sequence, Math Video, MATLAB, Quasirandom
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Puzzle #8: James Bond
Few know that a scene was cut from the James Bond movie Goldfinger. Bond has been captured by Goldfinger and is strapped tightly to a large turntable. Bond’s feet are at the center of the platter and his head rests … Continue reading
Posted in Bonds, Fun, Math, Puzzles
Tagged Bond Math, Bond Math Puzzle, James Bond, laser blasts, Puzzle
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A New(?) Way to Visualize Numbers
After I saw Matt Henderson’s visual demonstration of how the geometric series 1/4 + 1/16 + 1/64 . . . adds to 1/3, I thought about how to generalize this for any geometric series. This led to a way to … Continue reading
Posted in Fun, Graphic Presentation, Math, Visualization
Tagged Georg Cantor, Matt Henderson, Pi, Pure Math, Representing Numbers, Visualizing Numbers
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A Cool Math Blog
Matt Henderson of Cambridge (UK) has a terrific math blog that is full of very cool animations. Here is an example, showing that the infinite geometric series 1/4 + 1/16 + 1/64 + … adds to 1/3: His latest post … Continue reading
Posted in Fun, Graphic Presentation, Math
Tagged Chaos, Cool Graphs, Geometric Series, Matt Henderson
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David Brode
David Brode is a financial modeler in Boulder, Colorado. An avid puzzle solver, he found this blog while searching for puzzles online. He was intrigued by the puzzles and was curious to see a kindred spirit in Colorado. David called … Continue reading
Puzzle #7: The Mysterious Islands
Many years ago, a large jetliner crashed into the ocean. No one could ever find the plane or any of its passengers or crew. The outside world did not know that there were many survivors. They made their way to … Continue reading
Puzzle #6: Treasury Debt
Last week was historic for U.S. Treasury debt. The yield on the 10year Treasury dipped below 1.44% to its lowest level ever, and the total debt held by the public* rose to $11,006,251,094,374.26. Some might argue that $11 trillion in public … Continue reading
Posted in Bonds, Economics, Fun, Math
Tagged Bond Math Puzzle, Finance Math Puzzle, Financial Math, Puzzle, Treasury Debt
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