I love when poly-nerds (their term) get together to enthusiastically jam on ideas and share their mutual love of playing brain tennis.
In this Tested video, Adam Savage sits down with mathematician and educator Matt Parker for a wide ranging discussion of Matt's book, Humble Pi, Numberphile, the YouTube channel Matt is part of, the difficulties of teaching math to kids, the creativity of computer programming, how his "semi-magic" "Parker Square" became a meme (and a t-shirt), and much more.
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Take a look at the sequence. What number comes next? The answer is a no brainer – once you know the answer, that is.
Neil Sloane, founder of the Online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences, starts explaining the answer at :22, so pause before then if you need more time to figure it out.
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Mathematician Gordon Hamilton presents a curious puzzle inspired by the art of Piet Mondrian: within a square canvas filled with rectangles that all have different dimensions, what's the lowest possible score when subtracting the smallest rectangle's area from the largest? Read the rest
When 60 Minutes profiled child math whiz Jacob Barnett, he demonstrated how he imagined numbers as shapes. Numberphile's Simon Pampena analyzed Jacob's thought process. Read the rest
Swirling a ball in a cup gets it spinning in the direction of the swirl, but adding six more starts them swirling in the opposite direction. Read the rest
It turns out that folding a pizza slice lengthwise to improve its rigidity is a great example of the "Remarkable Theorem" by Gauss. Cliff Stoll explains. Read the rest