Math

Math Girls:  A Manga on how to be a Trig Rock Star and Still Survive High School

Math Girls: A Manga on how to be a Trig Rock Star and Still Survive High School

“Open any math book and you’ll find a ton of equations.  Each one is an expression of someone’s thoughts.  There’s always someone on the other side of the math.  Someone trying to send us a message.  Someone trying to make a connection.  I work hard at math so I can make that connection.” – Math Girls.   Quick, name three female Marvel characters who are good at math. I spend an inordinate am... »

Sex, Cards, and Calculus: The Life of Émilie du Châtelet

Sex, Cards, and Calculus: The Life of Émilie du Châtelet

In popular mythology, the 1687 publication of Newton’s Principia was the culminating moment when one human told the world how the universe works, performed his century’s equivalent of the mic drop, and then received the adulation that was his due.  Of course, it worked nothing like that, and while England was quick to lionize his intellectual achievement, it took half a century for his ideas to ca... »

Creative Dissonance Episode 7 – Ceiliculus

Creative Dissonance Episode 7 – Ceiliculus

The long winter is over and we’re celebrating spring in the traditional way: with Irish dancing and higher order mathematics. This time we’re doing it with some friends. For those interested in what we were solving Polly had this: Ryan had this: And both of us had to solve this: »

Turning Rhythm into Tone

Turning Rhythm into Tone

Though we all know that our senses don’t see the world as it is — what we perceive as an image is a bunch of photons bouncing off of an object, what we perceive as sound is a series of pressure waves hitting our eardrums — we live mostly separated from this fact. We can’t actually perceive the differences between the real world and our perception of it, so it’s an eas... »

Ada Lovelace

The Enchantress of Numbers

I have a minor knowledge of computer science. In that I literally have a minor in computer science. There were never many other women around, even the huge lecture-hall classes. My classmates were somewhat confused about why I was there; not only was I only taking a few CS classes for my minor, I was also an art student. Baffling! So we didn’t hang out, and I essentially solo-ed my way throu... »

Tailoring for Superspeed

Tailoring for Superspeed

Superspeed is a popular superpower but it comes with some challenges when rationalizing the physics behind it: friction at supersonic speeds would tear a human’s face off, accelerating and stopping would require impossible traction, a stray pebble in the air would rip through them like a bullet, staying on the ground when running on hilly terrain would be impossible… the list goes on. ... »

Supercapes

Supercapes

In preparation to a Panel at CONvergence, I’m going to explore some of the oddities in the superhero dress code. More specifically, I intend to explore the physics needed for them to do what they do. My first exploration will be into the drag forces on capes. The cape is a rather popular accessory for the comic book hero. Their aesthetic appeal clearly outweighs the tripping and strangulatio... »

A Tale of a St. Pi-trick’s Day Photo Challenge

A Tale of a St. Pi-trick’s Day Photo Challenge

THE BACKSTORY Yesterday, I had the privilege of attending a St. Pi-trick's Day party, hosted at the home of Marie Porter of Celebration Generation fame. You may have seen her geeky cakes, costumes, and/or other artistic endeavors popping up around the web. You may have even seen stories about how her home was hit by a tornado around a year ago, and how part of her home's restoration invo... »

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