mathematics

QUICKIES 2013-02-13

New record for largest prime integer known having 17,425,170 digets! Old news, but I haven’t seen it talked about in the skeptic community. I also would like to satisfy my mathematical side. The Pope resigns… As I’m sure you were all aware. Anecdote that is completely unrelated, I’m part of an improv group at uni, and we were doing a sketch called good cop bad cop a few day... »

Thinking like a Mathematician

Thinking like a Mathematician

Warning! Math-related post! Don’t let that scare you off! Math can actually be fun, and will help your reasoning abilities. — As I was wandering around the blogosphere, I stumbled upon an interesting article over at Michellalianna that has nothing to do with what I am going to write about. Well, nothing but the image that was used for the post. The image is in fact the featured image f... »

Alan Turing: computing pioneer, codebreaker, gay icon

Alan Turing: computing pioneer, codebreaker, gay icon

Today, the 23rd of May, marks exactly one month until the centenary of Alan Turing’s birth. Events have been going on, and will continue to go on, through the whole of this year to celebrate the milestone. You may have seen that next month’s Skepchick Book Club book will be David Leavitt’s biography of Turing, but you may not know much about the man himself – much less about why he warrants ... »