Just a quick post with a really funny video my sister shared with me containing no less than 31 jokes for nerds. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

Continue reading...Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Fermat’s last theorem is one of the best known mathematical puzzles ever posed. It is very easy to understand yet it eluded a proof for 350 years. Fermat stated in the margin of Arithmetica that he had the most marvelous proof of the conjecture, but it was too long to fit in the margin. It has always been known as Fermat’s last theorem even though it has only been a conjecture for 350 years.I was first introduced to Fermat’s last theorem when I went in high school a mere 4 years after the theorem of proven. Our math teacher (whom I owe a lot of thanks for sparking my curiosity) wanted us to watch the movie on the subject made by Simon Singh and John Lynch. Many of my fellow students giggled at Andrew Wiles and thought he was a complete nut job, but I saw something different. I saw a man with a burning passion for solving this problem, and by the end of the movie I was so touched that I was almost crying. To me it was a real story and a treasure hunt for the truth.This movie sparked something in me, and inspired me in many ways. I don’t claim to be good at mathematics and I am not rigorous enough to prove many things. But my passion and curiosity for math was ignited and will burn forever after this movie.

Continue reading...Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A few weeks ago I stumbled on a few videos on YouTube showing me something valuable. It is three videos telling about derivatives, one of the fundamentals of calculus.I started the post saying that the videos teach us about derivatives. But what is more important than telling about derivatives. It teaches us to pay attention to definitions. It starts out with the definition of the difference quotient and showing that if you understand that, you can also derive the formulas we use in practice when calculating the derivatives of a function.

Continue reading...Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I have found a 1 hour video on the history of the numbers. I don't really know much about the history of mathematics and I can't verify the correctness of the history. It is produced by BBC and well worth the 1 hour.

Continue reading...Monday, February 7, 2011

Within the field of mathematics I handle every day linear algebra plays a vital role. Linear algebra is a field of mathematics that studies vectors and vector spaces. On common use of linear algebra is to solve a set of linear equations.The reason why I bring up the topic, is that I rediscovered a video version a MIT course in linear algebra taught by Gilbert Strang. I found the videos when I first studied to my exam in linear algebra.I have embedded the first video for your pleasure, and all the videos are linked in the post.

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

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