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Tag: math

Who will die in Game of Thrones? The statistical (seriously) analysis…

Note: if you’re unfamiliar with the series, there are many spoilers in the journal article.

ABSTRACT: Predictions are made for the number of chapters told from the point of view of each character in the next two novels in George R. R. Martin’s \emph{A Song of Ice and Fire} series by fitting a random effects model to a matrix of point-of-view chapters in the earlier novels using Bayesian methods. {{SPOILER WARNING: readers who have not read all five existing novels in the series should not read further, as major plot points will be spoiled.}}

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By Richard Vale. From Arxiv.org. Pdf here.

This mathematically gorgeous calendar is a wonder to look at.

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By J.P. King, and available for sale here (although currently sold out).

Origami crease patterns: more beautiful than you would expect.

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By Robert J. Lang. He also has a wide range of amazing origami books – available here.

The geometry of pasta forms as explained by mathematical formulae.

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By George L. Legendre, via Fresh Photons.

Puzzle and game aficionados: What is up with this picture? #gls14

Seriously… This hurts my head.

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Via Futility Closet.

p.s. If you give up, you can see the solution here.

Geometric biodiversity beautifully done.

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By Estudio Guardabosques, via Colossal

So… just in case you’re in the market for a tricycle shaped like the infinity symbol…

This.

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By Sergio Garcia, and also available for sale ($2500) – click here (until May 3rd)

The sad sad tale of parallel and non-parallel lines.

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By Sanjay Kulkarni (at least that is how it traces)

Mathematical equation that plots a three dimensional heart

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Via Futility Closet.

Two words to describe world’s tallest water slide – holy crap!

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And, of course, there’s a video:

Now we need the corresponding physics question to go along with it…

Soon to be opened at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City. Via Instinct Magazine.

Geometry in the bedroom. For those who like mathematical aesthetics. #striking

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By mpgmb, via Notcot.org

For the math geek: wonderful pop up book of whole numbers.

So awesome…

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By Marion Bataille, and available here. Via Colossal

These chromatic mathematical figures by @simoncpage are gorgeous to behold

Damn, these are pretty…

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Outstanding work by Simon C Page (a.k.a Rare Minimum), and available as cards for purchase. Via Fresh Photons.

Geometric graffiti taken to a whole new level. #beautiful

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By Fanette Guilloud, via Colossal

Peanuts, Sally and the math word problem. This is actually very insightful.

This would make a great graphic about the pitfalls of learning science without context. This seems to be an issue generally with science education, especially at the younger levels IMHO.

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By Charles Schulz

Geometric images by Emma Kunz

The artist has an interesting backdrop – quite unscientific actually. Still, these geometric images are really quite something.

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By Emma Kunz, via Thinx

Beautiful and colourful geometric paintings by James Wyper

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By James Wyper, via Thinx

Wonderful and clever sciencegeek photos by Chema Madoz

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By Chema Madoz, via Thinx

A lovely illustration of “mathgirl.” Not technically a superhero, but in my opinion, just as awesome.

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“This is a piece for Delaware Today about young girls losing interest in science,technology, engineering and math related studies. The state’s schools and businesses are hoping to turn all this around. I love it when I come up with a few sketches that I still want to use for something and this was one of those times. A big thanks to AD Kelly Carter!”

By Byron Eggenschwiler, via Fresh Photons.

Science things that are awesome…

(Also, all of these goofy pics are now being archived at a tumblr I just set up – scienceisawesomethatisall.tumblr.com)

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O.K. Yesterday was our provincial elections (in British Columbia), and in the end, the Liberal party came out winning. There’s quite a few environmental issues that are in the forefront in my neck of the woods, not the least of which concerns the Northern Gateway pipeline.

The Liberals didn’t actually have the greatest platform on this (at least from an environmental or science policy standpoint), but here’s hoping the public continues to pressure them to do the “best” (re: what scientific expert peer review suggests) thing for the province, and indeed the planet at large.

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Last Saturday, my lab opened up the entire ground floor of the Michael Smith Building to the public. This was in conjunction with Science Rendezvous, a cross Canada science festival, and in the case of UBC, organized by the Faculty of Science. In the house (so to speak) were folks from the Beaty Museum, Civil Engineering, Pathology, Physics and Astronomy, as well as the Engineering Physics Robotics lab (who also brought in their 3D printers). We also used the building as ground zero for a number of tours throughout campus.

All in all, a great day (and busy too!). In my space, I actually brought out about a dozen or dissecting scopes and collected a nice jar of pond scum. Kids (and their parents), with some basic instructions, were let loose to find whatever they could find in the pond water. Lots of cooties were found, protozoa and algae abound, but my favourite was this Hydra that I managed to get a decent picture of on my iPhone.

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The scientific method – it’s not perfect, but it’s pretty much the best way out there on collecting your thoughts and information to make sound decisions. All the more so, if the decision is high stakes IMHO.

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