Questions tagged [popular-math]

Question on bits and pieces of mathematics that show up in popular media (TV, movies, comics, etc.)

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Almgren and Taylor's movie about soap bubbles

As I know, in 1970's two well-known geometric analysts, Fred Almgren and Jean Taylor, along with mathematician Michele Emmer, produced a film about minimal surfaces entitled "Soap Bubbles". ...
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Proof that there is a winning strategy for player 1 in Chomp.

This question is regarding the game "Chomp" which can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chomp My quesiton is regarding the proof that there is a winning strategy, the proof can be ...
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Can these phenomena occur within Non-Euclidean geometries?

I've enrolled in an undergraduate seminar on the subject of non-euclidean geometry. I wanted to ground myself a little before-hand, because popular media has lead me to believe that non-euclidean ...
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'Popular mathematics' resource about infinite ordinals

The 'popular mathematics' literature (think Martin Gardner, William Dunham, Hofstadter, and the like) abounds with material on the mathematics of infinite cardinals, starting - and quite often ending -...
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What is the meaning of this (potentially humorous) mathematical equation?

The equation in the image shown below (outlined in blue) was found on the cover of a magazine, along with several other "math equation jokes" like the "I heart pi" joke. My friends and I haven't been ...
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Mathematics of the Ice Bucket Challenge

I've been considering the mathematics of the now global ice bucket challenge. Simple model In the simplest incarnation, there is one original seed, who then nominates 3 others, each of which take ...
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