Ever run out of soup noodles and relied on breaking up spaghetti into small 1 to 2 cm pieces? That's what I just did, and I never realized how many 1-2 mm fragments are generated with each and every break. In fact some bits were even smaller than a millimeter. I realized it by fluke... Continue Reading →

# Euler’s Phi Function from Wells’ Curious and Interesting Numbers

In 1986, David Wells, a mathematician specializing in number theory, wrote a delicious little book, entitled The Penguin Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Numbers. If you enjoy dabbling in math, each numerical entry, although brief, is a gateway into all sorts of realms of an incredibly diverse field. Although it goes without saying that without... Continue Reading →

# How Solving Cubic Equations Led to the Discovery of Imaginary Numbers

In math, a complex number has a real and an imaginary component combined in the form of a + bi. a and b are real numbers, which means that they can include whole numbers, repeating decimals, terminating decimals and those that go on forever without patterns-- the transcendental numbers. Examples of transcendental numbers include e,... Continue Reading →