Tag: mathematics

Apr 20, 2017

There’s Something Strangely Satisfying About These Fibonacci Spiral Shavings

There’s Something Strangely Satisfying About These Fibonacci Spiral Shavings

A simple and soothing video of ‘Fibonacci spiral shavings’ by Paul Sellers

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Mar 2, 2017

Carl Sagan Explains How Eratosthenes Knew the Earth Was Curved Over 2,200 Years Ago

Carl Sagan Explains How Eratosthenes Knew the Earth Was Curved Over 2,200 Years Ago

In this excerpt from episode 1 of Carl Sagan’s ‘Cosmos’, he explains how the Greek scholar, Eratosthenes, knew the Earth was curved over 2,200 years ago

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Feb 11, 2017

This Light Painting, Double Pendulum Elegantly Demonstrates Chaotic Movement

This Light Painting, Double Pendulum Elegantly Demonstrates Chaotic Movement

“Pendulus” is a double pendulum built by Devin Montes that visualizes the unpredictable patterns of chaotic movement in real-time

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Sep 19, 2016

Data Analysis of 18 Million Amazon Reviews Finds Incentivized Reviewers Give Higher Ratings

Data Analysis of 18 Million Amazon Reviews Finds Incentivized Reviewers Give Higher Ratings

People given free or discounted products in exchange for reviews were found to rate products 0.4 stars higher

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Jul 2, 2016

These Ambiguous Objects Change Shape in a Mirror

These Ambiguous Objects Change Shape in a Mirror

Kokichi Sugihara’s “Ambiguous Cylinder Illusion” is a finalist for the 2016 Best Illusion of the Year Contest

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May 11, 2016

How a Single Car, Inadvertently Braking, Causes a Traffic Jam

How a Single Car, Inadvertently Braking, Causes a Traffic Jam

When one driver inadvertently taps their brakes, it causes the car behind it to do so as well; and so on and so on

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May 2, 2016

Picture of the Day: The Color Distribution of a Party Size Skittles Bag

Picture of the Day: The Color Distribution of a Party Size Skittles Bag

The other colors are green with envy

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