Category Archives: Mathematics

Feeding the Meter

It seems like Americans really hate the metric system. Metric really makes more sense in a lot of ways, being based on decimal measurements. On the other hand, it is true that we get a general sense of what feet, … Continue reading

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Millions Upon Millions

I was reminded recently of how I used to like to look at the Table of Numbers in the dictionary, which probably sounds boring. I was fascinated by all the names for really large numbers, quadrillions, quintillions, and all that. … Continue reading

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The Math Behind the Mission

Hidden Figures – I didn’t know a whole lot about this movie prior to seeing it, but I enjoyed it. It’s the story of three black female mathematicians who worked for NASA during the early days of the space program, … Continue reading

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Your Letters Are Numbered

Since I wrote a post about the development of the alphabet, I thought I’d also do one on numerals. For some cultures, they’re actually the same thing. Both Hebrew and Greek letters each had a numerical value, starting with the … Continue reading

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