Quoting G. H. Hardy’s 1940 essay, “A Mathematician’s Apology”…

# Category Archives: math

## Mathematics is an Art (Lockhart)

One reader’s notes to Paul Lockhart’s thought-provoking “A Mathematician’s Lament” …

## Pythagorean Maxims #1-15

“Rules of the Good Life,” according to one of Ancient Greece’s most amazing mathematicians …

## 100 Pounds of Apples

Here’s a delicious puzzle with a counter-intuitive result, based on the “potato paradox”:

## Alexander Horned Steer

The final image ever captured by our late Mythematical Beasts Dept. editor …

## Escher’s “Approaches to Infinity” Part 1

The first of a finite series of comics adapting Escher’s 1971 essay…

## Talkin’ 2×2=5 Blues

Are we allowed to do talkin’ blues algebra proofs? ~

If NOT, maybe this is why — here’s one inspired by Lewis Carroll. ~

Goes a little like this…

## Math Flower

“When are we ever gonna see this in the REAL WORLD?”

## Patchwork Cantor Angel

Here’s a close up of another such creature …

## Cliche Conversion Charts

Bird(s) in bush as a function of bird(s) in hand, and other relationships …

## Recursive Load

I’ve been thinking about recursion lately, which of course (if you think about it) usually means I’m thinking about thinking about recursion, which of course…

## Pointy Things + Round Things

Circles and Triangles are in many ways about a far apart as shapes can get; and yet… and yet.