Tau Day Leftovers « Not About Apples

6 July 2011

Today on Not About Apples, tying up some loose tau-related ends.  Including this, my first-ever sudoku puzzle.

(Edit: I mistyped one of the givens when I first posted this.  This is corrected now.  The 1 in row six was incorrectly given as a dot.  My apologies for any frustration this may have caused anyone.)

Sudoku puzzle based on the digits of tau

taudoku 1 (fixed)

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Happy Tau Day 2011 « Not About Apples

28 June 2011

Today on Not About Apples, it’s Tau Day!  Pictures of pastry, a rallying cry for new tau-themed fun for next year, and most of all a link to Michael John Blake fantastic video which makes music from the digits of τ.

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Or just go see the music video: What Tau Sounds Like


2 Days to Tau Day: A Problem Deliciously Solved « Not About Apples

26 June 2011

Today on Not About Apples, I confront head-on one of the outstanding dessert-related issues which faces the Tau-ist Revolution.  Spoiler alert: the solution involves lots of fruit and pastry.

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4 Days to Tau Day 2011: Tau and Its Digits « Not About Apples

24 June 2011

Today on Not About Apples, I celebrate the approach of Tau Day with an image of Tau constructed from its digits.

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Or just grab the image: Tau Digits


6 days to Tau Day « Not About Apples

22 June 2011

Back after a long hiatus on Not About Apples, where I’m kicking off my countdown to Tau Day 2011 (which is next Tuesday) in true Cap-style, by digressing about exponential functions. Some links to what Tau Day is all about, and a fuzzy place between subjectivity and objectivity.

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NAA: Really Big Numbers

10 July 2010

Today at Not About Apples, the disconnect between the our inituitive grasp of reasonable-sized numbers and our confusion over huge numbers, as motivated by this quotation from Ron Graham.

The trouble with integers is that we have examined only the very small ones.  Maybe all the exciting stuff happens at really big numbers, ones we can’t even begin to think about in any very definite way.  Our brains have evolved to get us out of the rain, find where the berries are, and keep us from getting killed.  Our brains did not evolve to help us grasp really large numbers or to look at things in a hundred thousand dimensions.

Includes a math gem you’ve almost surely never heard before, which you almost surely won’t believe.

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Mathematical Fiction: Riot at the Calc Exam and Reality Conditions « Not About Apples

23 February 2010

Today at Not About Apples, I comment on two collections of “mathematical fiction”: Riot at the Calc Exam and Other Mathematically Bent Stories by Colin Adams and Reality Conditions: Short Mathematical Fiction by Alex Kasman.

My favorite line of the post: “Mathematics is still looking for its Victor Borge.”

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