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Math Mutation 182 Money For Math

2013-06-16 :: Erik Seligman

Prize money for provingdisproving famous conjectures. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 181 Rediscovering The Basics

2013-05-27 :: Erik Seligman

Are modern Common Core Discovery Math programs destined for failure? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 180 Reading The Tea Leaves For Real

2013-04-29 :: Erik Seligman

Discussing Rudy Rucker's idea of using natural processes as a paracomputer. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 179 Bugged By Math

2013-03-31 :: Erik Seligman

With a brain the size of a pinhead, how do cicadas know about prime numbers? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 178 Mathematical Immortality

2013-03-10 :: Erik Seligman

What do math and physics say about life after death? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 177 Does This Podcast Exist?

2013-01-29 :: Erik Seligman

Discussing mathematical proofs that we live in the Matrix. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 176 Perfect Maps

2013-01-06 :: Erik Seligman

The various complications in creating 11 scale maps. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 175 Another Great Math Movie

2012-12-16 :: Erik Seligman

My review of Sphereland The Movie . (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 174 Too Much Math?

2012-11-25 :: Erik Seligman

Are scientists and engineers really afraid of equations? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 173 Digital Roots

2012-10-28 :: Erik Seligman

Why adding up digits isn't just for crazy numerologists. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 172 Election Solutions

2012-10-07 :: Erik Seligman

The real way to resolve close elections. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 171 Something Euclid Missed

2012-09-16 :: Erik Seligman

Try drawing the trisectors of each angle of a triangle, and you're in for a surprise. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 170 Gnarly Gnovels

2012-08-26 :: Erik Seligman

Can math give us insights into the quality of a work of fiction? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 169 Isaac Newton, Supercop

2012-08-05 :: Erik Seligman

Newton's lesser-known second career in law enforcement. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 168 Twistier Than You Thought

2012-07-14 :: Erik Seligman

The strange properties and applications of the Mobius strip. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 167 Basic Bugs

2012-06-26 :: Erik Seligman

How hard is it for a simple automaton to act like a real insect? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 166 A New Kind of Decade

2012-05-28 :: Erik Seligman

Did Stephen Wolfram's A New Kind of Science really revolutionize scientific inquiry? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 165 Comparative Disadvantage

2012-05-13 :: Erik Seligman

How does the Black Swan concept modify the theory of Comparative Advantage? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 164 What Color Is Your Swan?

2012-04-22 :: Erik Seligman

How improbable Black Swans affect our lives and society. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 163 Why Statisticians Stink At Statistics

2012-04-01 :: Erik Seligman

When estimating probabilities, we are biologically wired to give the wrong answer. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 162 The Mathematician Who Wasn't There

2012-03-14 :: Erik Seligman

The strange tale of Nicholas Bourbaki. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 161 The Numbers Of Love

2012-02-19 :: Erik Seligman

How love was defined by Pythagoras. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 160 The Boids And Bees Of Leadership

2012-01-24 :: Erik Seligman

What algorithms do bees use to fly in swarms? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 159 Booms And Busts

2012-01-02 :: Erik Seligman

Is it always natural to attain an equilibrium? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 158 That's How We Do It In Government

2011-12-18 :: Erik Seligman

Why government-reported statistics are bogus. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 157 Infinite Infinities

2011-11-29 :: Erik Seligman

How much more infinite can you get? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 156 The Ultimate Answer

2011-11-15 :: Erik Seligman

Reflections upon turning 42. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 155 Crazy Dice

2011-10-23 :: Erik Seligman

Can a die be fair without being a Platonic solid? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 154 A New Perspective On Perspective

2011-10-09 :: Erik Seligman

Is perspective in art just a cultural artifact? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 153 Cracking Pythagoras

2011-09-25 :: Erik Seligman

Are people who give Pythagoras credit for his theorem really cracked? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 152 Why The Hex?

2011-09-04 :: Erik Seligman

Are bees smarter than math professors? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 151 Forgotten Knowledge

2011-08-14 :: Erik Seligman

Will future generations forget basic math? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 150 A Podcast About Nothing

2011-07-24 :: Erik Seligman

A non-zero number of factoids about zero. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 149 Robot Planet

2011-06-28 :: Erik Seligman

Will reproducing robots consume the Earth? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 148 Your Size In Space And Time

2011-06-14 :: Erik Seligman

How do you compare to the universe as a whole? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 147 Elemental Obsession

2011-05-27 :: Erik Seligman

Collecting the basic elements of our universe. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 146 Mutating Up The Corporate Ladder

2011-05-08 :: Erik Seligman

Can knowledge of fractals be useful in a day-to-day business setting? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 145 Why Johnny Couldn't Add

2011-04-16 :: Erik Seligman

How the New Math confused a decade's worth of students and teachers. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 144 Is There A Hippopotamus In This Podcast?

2011-03-28 :: Erik Seligman

Trying to make sense of Russell's conversation with Wittgenstein. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 143 The Math Of Mutations

2011-03-07 :: Erik Seligman

How D'Arcy Thompson united mathematics and the study of evolution. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 142 Hippasus's Revenge

2011-02-20 :: Erik Seligman

How the basis of modern music shifted from whole to irrational numbers. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 141 The Right Way To Procrastinate

2011-02-06 :: Erik Seligman

Review of Logicomix, a graphic novel on the life of Bertrand Russell. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 140 Does The House Always Win?

2011-01-12 :: Erik Seligman

How MIT math geeks won millions in Vegas. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 139 A Christmas Surprise

2010-12-26 :: Erik Seligman

Does knowing that a surprise will be a surprise prevent the surprise? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 138 You Can't Fool Bill Gates

2010-12-12 :: Erik Seligman

The probability paradox of nontransitive dice. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 137 A What What?

2010-11-21 :: Erik Seligman

The lost art of the slide rule. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 136 Are Coincidences Just Coincidences?

2010-11-07 :: Erik Seligman

The same brains that make us vulnerable to New Age silliness are what enable success in science math. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 135 Discovering The Third Dimension

2010-10-24 :: Erik Seligman

Was there a time when Rod Stewart's lyrics would make sense? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 134 As Math Goes By

2010-09-29 :: Erik Seligman

Einstein, the fourth dimension, and Casablanca. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 133 Your Five-Dimensional Kitchen

2010-09-06 :: Erik Seligman

You may find multidimensional geometry on your kitchen shelf. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 132 It Must Be True, There's An Equation

2010-08-16 :: Erik Seligman

Don't believe everything you equate. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 131 The Perfect Podcast

2010-08-01 :: Erik Seligman

Can pure mathematics prove the existence of God? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 130 Epsilons And Deltas

2010-07-19 :: Erik Seligman

Those funny Greek letters that torment calculus students. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 129 Alien Algebra

2010-06-27 :: Erik Seligman

How unknown alien cultures can see your Facebook photo. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 128 A New Numerology

2010-06-17 :: Erik Seligman

Is there some mystical number that describes you in detail? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 127 Garden of the Mind

2010-05-30 :: Erik Seligman

R.I.P. Martin Gardner. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 126 Tic Tac What?

2010-05-17 :: Erik Seligman

Tic tac toe, extended into multiple dimensions quantum mechanics. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 125 Math Or Not Math?

2010-04-25 :: Erik Seligman

Hofstadter's Le Ton Beau De Marot, and how math relates to translating poetry. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 124 Everything Is A Rubber Donut

2010-04-11 :: Erik Seligman

Topology and the Poincare Conjecture. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 123 A Million Dollar Choice

2010-03-28 :: Erik Seligman

Newcomb's paradox, another challenge to free will. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 122 Resolving A Paradox

2010-03-07 :: Erik Seligman

Does the Grandfather Paradox show time travel is impossible? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 121 Why Left Is Right And Right Is Left

2010-02-21 :: Erik Seligman

Why do mirrors reverse right and left, but not up and down? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 120 A Pear-Shaped Planet

2010-02-07 :: Erik Seligman

What did Columbus really think about the Earth's size and shape? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 119 Look Him In The Eye

2010-01-20 :: Erik Seligman

The colorful biography of Asperger's sufferer John Elder Robison high school dropout, KISS roadie, professional engineer, auto mechanic, and entrepeneur. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 118 Monkeying Around With Probability

2010-01-04 :: Erik Seligman

Does basic probability show that life in our universe could not have come about through evolution? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 117 A Question Of Assumptions

2009-12-20 :: Erik Seligman

With different physical constants in the universe, could we still exist? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 116 Infinitely Ahead Of His Time

2009-11-29 :: Erik Seligman

Did Cantor's transfinite numbers advance mathematics and glorify God, or were they a tool of the devil? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 115 I Have Lied To You

2009-11-15 :: Erik Seligman

Can each episode of Math Mutation be correct, while there is an error somewhere in the series? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 114 Where Did My Line Go?

2009-11-01 :: Erik Seligman

How to have your line segment and eat it too. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 113 Hippos In My Basement

2009-10-19 :: Erik Seligman

The magic of the contrapositive. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 112 The Genius Who Cheated

2009-10-04 :: Erik Seligman

Were Gregor Mendel's experimental results a bit too good? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 111 A Four-Dimensional House

2009-09-20 :: Erik Seligman

Can an architect in our 3-D world build a four dimensional house? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 110 One Intestinal Worm Per Child

2009-09-06 :: Erik Seligman

Amdahl's Law, de-worming, and the One Laptop Per Child initiative. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 109 Back To The Hall

2009-08-23 :: Erik Seligman

The Monty Hall Paradox revisited. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 108 Where Am I?

2009-08-09 :: Erik Seligman

Before GPS, how could you know your longitude? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 107 A Twisted Take on Turing

2009-07-23 :: Erik Seligman

Changing a test of artificiall intelligence into one of natural nonintelligence. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 106 Pre-Newton Nonsense

2009-07-12 :: Erik Seligman

The struggle for a theory of physics that would enable cats to jump onto chandeliers. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 105 A Universe Made of Math

2009-06-30 :: Erik Seligman

Are we all simply mathematical objects? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 104 Fortunes, Debts, Ursa Major, and Cow Urine

2009-06-13 :: Erik Seligman

Looking at the contributions of the Indian mathematician Brahmagupta. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 103 Missed It By That Much

2009-05-31 :: Erik Seligman

Elections and the Law of Large Numbers. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 102 A Brush With Evil

2009-05-10 :: Erik Seligman

Exploring the pentagram. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 101 Don't Panic

2009-04-19 :: Erik Seligman

If you test positive for a rare disease, should you be worried? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 100 100th Episode Spectacular

2009-04-05 :: Erik Seligman

Why Math Mutation exists, winners of the Math Day Madness contest, and a correction. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 99 The Uninihibited Brain

2009-03-22 :: Erik Seligman

Daniel Tammet's view of the root cause of his savant abilities. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 98 Math Day Madness

2009-03-08 :: Erik Seligman

After E Day and Pi Day, how many other math-related holidays are there? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 97 Savants Are People Too

2009-03-01 :: Erik Seligman

Can Rain Men really instantly count 100 fallen matches? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 96 Tally Folly

2009-02-17 :: Erik Seligman

English tally sticks, and how they destroyed Parliament. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 95 Happy e Day!

2009-02-08 :: Erik Seligman

Celebrating the constant 'e'. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 94 Yes, You Can Cross The Road

2009-01-25 :: Erik Seligman

Why Zeno didn't prove that motion is impossible. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 93 A Math Teacher To Remember

2009-01-11 :: Erik Seligman

Mathermatics and the life of Alexsandr Solzhenitsyn. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 92 Hollow Days

2009-01-04 :: Erik Seligman

The ill-omened days at the end of the year. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 91 Fractals in the Hat

2008-12-28 :: Erik Seligman

How Dr. Seuss's 'The Cat In The Hat Comes Back' introduces fractals. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 90 The Long Now

2008-12-14 :: Erik Seligman

What are we leaving behind for our descendants in the year 12000? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 89 Improbable Probabilities

2008-12-07 :: Erik Seligman

Do a few statistically significant studies prove a strange phenomenon is true? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 88 More Than A Cartoon Cat

2008-11-23 :: Erik Seligman

A mathematical contribution from President James Garfield. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 87 Unlistenable But Fun

2008-11-09 :: Erik Seligman

The bizarre mathematical methods John Cage used to produce some of his music. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 86 The Shape of the Universe

2008-10-26 :: Erik Seligman

Was Homer Simpson's theory of a donut-shaped universe correct? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 85 Florence Nightingale, Math Geek

2008-10-19 :: Erik Seligman

The connections between mathematics and the founding of modern nursing. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 84 How To Bankrupt Your Boss And Get Rich

2008-10-05 :: Erik Seligman

If a stock has a 90% chance of going up, should you buy it? Maybe not! (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 83 Candide's Calculus

2008-09-21 :: Erik Seligman

The surprising connection between mathematics and Voltaire's satirical novel. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 82 How Not To Decorate Your Bathroom

2008-09-07 :: Erik Seligman

Can you tile your bathroom floor without ever repeating the pattern? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 81 A Billion Frenchmen Can Be Wrong

2008-08-31 :: Erik Seligman

Why does the word billion sometimes mean 10 to the 9th, and other times mean 10 to the 12th? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 80 Possible-Worlds Accounting

2008-08-24 :: Erik Seligman

You need to think about more than one universe when judging risky decisions. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 79 Chinese Pen Pals

2008-08-17 :: Erik Seligman

Does the Chinese Room Paradox show that artificial intelligence is impossible? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 78 And You Thought Those Mice Were Smart

2008-08-03 :: Erik Seligman

If mice can do probability theory, why can't worms do calculus? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 77 Are You Smarter Than A Mouse?

2008-07-27 :: Erik Seligman

According to some experiments, mice can be better at math than humans. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 76 Grue and Bleen

2008-07-19 :: Erik Seligman

How do you know your lawn is green, and not bleen? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 75 Giving You The Fingers

2008-07-13 :: Erik Seligman

Can you count up to 589,824 on your fingers? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 74 A Competitor for Flatland

2008-07-06 :: Erik Seligman

Charles H. Hinton's 'realistic' two-dimensional world of Astria. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 73 The Future That Never Arrived

2008-06-22 :: Erik Seligman

What's the deal with geodesic domes? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 72 Shuttle Butt

2008-06-07 :: Erik Seligman

Are Space Shuttle parts really based on the width of an ancient Roman horse's rear end? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 71 What Goes Around, Comes Around

2008-06-01 :: Erik Seligman

On a number line, are positive and negative infinity really the same point? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 70 Number Nonsense

2008-05-25 :: Erik Seligman

How calculator-based education almost cost me a hamburger. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 69 Interesting Numbers

2008-05-18 :: Erik Seligman

The unusual story of the Indian mathematician Ramanujan. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 68 The Bogus Bang?

2008-05-11 :: Erik Seligman

A recent theory may replace the Big Bang with a collision of multidimensional membranes. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 67 Chaos

2008-05-04 :: Erik Seligman

What appears to be random is not always random. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 66 Fuzzy Dice

2008-04-20 :: Erik Seligman

What is the connection between dice and driving? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 65 Sacrificing a Goat To Calculus

2008-04-14 :: Erik Seligman

Is the line between math and religion always clear-cut? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 64 Exponents Squared

2008-04-06 :: Erik Seligman

What comes next in this sequence addition, multiplication, exponentiation, ...? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 63 Turning Around In Time

2008-03-31 :: Erik Seligman

Can you make a U-turn in the 4th dimension? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 62 Names of God

2008-03-23 :: Erik Seligman

In memory of Arthur C. Clarke. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 61 Observing The Universe

2008-03-16 :: Erik Seligman

Calculating what we can see in the universe isn't as simple as counting light-years. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 60 Drop That Number Or We'll Shoot

2008-03-09 :: Erik Seligman

Sometimes, math can be illegal. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 59 Fun With Infinities

2008-03-02 :: Erik Seligman

Can we draw infinity on a number line? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 58 On Average, Things Are Average

2008-02-24 :: Erik Seligman

The Sports Illustrated Cover Jinx explained. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 57 Really Old Math

2008-02-17 :: Erik Seligman

How ancient Egyptian math may be the source of an 18th-century poem. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 56 My Brain Hurts

2008-02-12 :: Erik Seligman

If you separate your brain into indiividual neurons, is it still a brain? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 55 The Painter's Paradox

2008-02-03 :: Erik Seligman

We describe a figure whose surface can never be painted, though its interior can be filled using a finite volume of paint, (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 54 Mozart Rolls The Dice

2008-01-27 :: Erik Seligman

The randomly-created-music fad of the late 18th century. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 53 Is Flatland Doomed?

2008-01-20 :: Erik Seligman

How would chemistry and physics change in a two-dimensional universe? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 52 Sparklines

2008-01-08 :: Erik Seligman

Tiny graphs that look like words of text can be surprisingly useful. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 51 Why The Week?

2007-12-30 :: Erik Seligman

What's so special about the number 7 in our calendar? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 50 A True Holiday Celebration

2007-12-23 :: Erik Seligman

Breathe in an actual molecule shared with Baby Jesus. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 49 What Is Math Anyway?

2007-12-16 :: Erik Seligman

After 50 episodes, I finally figure out what I'm talking about. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 48 Computers On The Brain

2007-12-09 :: Erik Seligman

Some engineers have their brains cross-wired to see circuit schematic AND, OR, and NOT gates as particular colors. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 47 An Unusual Lottery

2007-12-02 :: Erik Seligman

A strange lottery run by Douglas Hofstadter in the early 1980s, with interesting implications for human society. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 46 The World's Simplest Computer

2007-11-25 :: Erik Seligman

A new theorem by a British undergraduate has just established the simplest possible computer. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 45 The Aliens Among Us

2007-11-18 :: Erik Seligman

Can we calcuate the number of intelligent life forms in our galaxy with one simple equation? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 44 Friends in Mathematical Places

2007-11-11 :: Erik Seligman

Story of a 19th-century Frenchwoman who pretended to be male for her career in mathematics, and how she revealed her identity to save Gauss. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com) …

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Math Mutation 43 A Theorem Made Real

2007-11-04 :: Erik Seligman

Strangely enough, pure math can tell us interesting things about global weather patterns. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)…

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Math Mutation 42 Solving Burma's Problems

2007-10-28 :: Erik Seligman

The Burmese military junta's numerological failures. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)…

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Math Mutation 41: Action, Drama, and Geometry Lessons

2007-10-21 :: Erik Seligman

Review of Flatland The Movie (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)…

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Math Mutation 40 Death By Theorem

2007-10-14 :: Erik Seligman

How do we know that irrational numbers exist? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)…

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Math Mutation 39 A Statistical Legend

2007-10-07 :: Erik Seligman

The surprising story of how George Dantzig, the father of linear programming, earned his Ph.D. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)…

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Math Mutation 38 11-Dimensional Spaghetti Monsters

2007-09-30 :: Erik Seligman

Where are the missing dimensions of string theory? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)…

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Math Mutation 37 Baby Math

2007-09-23 :: Erik Seligman

Can 6-month old babies do basic subtraction? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)…

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Math Mutation 36 Christmas in August

2007-09-16 :: Erik Seligman

How the Romans coped with the odd ratios of the day, the lunar cycle, and the solar cycle. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)…

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Math Mutation 35 One Messed-Up Triangle

2007-09-09 :: Erik Seligman

How non-Euclidean geometry lets you draw a triangle with three right angles. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)…

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Math Mutation 34 Not Over Till It's Over

2007-09-02 :: Erik Seligman

Has the riddle of Fermat's Last Theorem truly been solved? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)…

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Math Mutation 33 Watch Zeno Make Russia Disappear

2007-08-26 :: Erik Seligman

Infinite series and sub-replacement fertility. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)…

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Math Mutation 32 How Polish Math Saved Europe

2007-08-19 :: Erik Seligman

Today we talk about an early Polish success in cracking the Enigma coding machine. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)…

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Math Mutation 31 Putting The Multiverse To Work

2007-08-11 :: Erik Seligman

Does quantum computing prove the existence of parallel universes? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)…

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Math Mutation 30 Will The Real Fourth Dimension Please Stand Up

2007-08-05 :: Erik Seligman

Is Time really a dimension? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)…

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Math Mutation 29 What A Planet Sounds Like

2007-07-28 :: Erik Seligman

The Music of the Spheres, taken literally. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)…

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Math Mutation 28 Someone Knocked My 8 Over

2007-07-22 :: Erik Seligman

Where does that weird infinity symbol come from? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)…

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Math Mutation 27 How Many Crayons Do You Need?

2007-07-04 :: Erik Seligman

Surprisingly, any map can be filled in with just four colors. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)…

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Math Mutation 26 That Krazy Kepler

2007-06-30 :: Erik Seligman

Discussing one of Johannes Kepler's lesser known, and sillier, theories. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)…

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Math Mutation 25 Everything Is a Number

2007-06-23 :: Erik Seligman

How Godel twisted statements about numbers into statements about statements. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)…

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Math Mutation 24 A Mathematical Nuclear Bomb

2007-06-16 :: Erik Seligman

How Godel's Incompleteness Theorem blew away hopes of a complete system of mathematics. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)…

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Math Mutation 23 Stupid Number Tricks

2007-06-09 :: Erik Seligman

How to look like a math genius, even if you're not. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)…

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Math Mutation 22 Between The Dimensions

2007-06-02 :: Erik Seligman

More on fractals, and why they are considered to have fractional dimensions. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)…

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Math Mutation 21 Infinite Perimeter, Finite Area

2007-05-27 :: Erik Seligman

Describing the Koch Snowflake, a classic example of a fractal curve. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)…

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Math Mutation 20 The Round Road To Damnation

2007-05-19 :: Erik Seligman

Do religious Jews and Christians really believe pi=3? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)…

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Math Mutation 19 Throwing Darts At Your Problems

2007-05-12 :: Erik Seligman

The power of randomized algorithms. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)…

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Math Mutation 18 Squash Those Dice

2007-05-05 :: Erik Seligman

Why are there exactly five platonic solids? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)…

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Math Mutation 17 Visitors From The Next Dimension

2007-04-28 :: Erik Seligman

What would it look like if a four-dimensional creature dropped by for a visit? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)…

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Math Mutation 16 Doodling

2007-04-21 :: Erik Seligman

What kind of pictures do you draw when your attention wanders? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)…

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Math Mutation 15 A Pretty Big Library

2007-04-14 :: Erik Seligman

We discuss Borges' Library of Babel, which contains every possible book. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)…

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Math Mutation 14 Exponentials for Easter

2007-04-07 :: Erik Seligman

Bunny math. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)…

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Math Mutation 13 Another Problem for the Millenium

2007-03-31 :: Erik Seligman

What is the P=NP problem? (Send feeback to eseligma@aracnet.com)…

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Math Mutation 12 Refusing the Nobel Prize

2007-03-24 :: Erik Seligman

The bizarre human drama surrounding the proof of the Poincare Conjecture. (Send feeback to eseligma@aracnet.com)…

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Math Mutation 11 A Movie You Should See

2007-03-17 :: Erik Seligman

Review of Flatland The Film. …

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Math Mutation 10 The Rain Man's Secret

2007-03-10 :: Erik Seligman

How autistic savants perform their miracles. (Send feeback to eseligma@aracnet.com)…

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Math Mutation 9 The World As A Computer

2007-03-03 :: Erik Seligman

Cellular Automata and the Game of Life…

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Math Mutation 8 Flattening The Earth

2007-02-24 :: Erik Seligman

Building a house in two dimensions.…

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Math Mutation 7 I Want My Molecule!

2007-02-15 :: Erik Seligman

How much medicine is really in a homeopathic remedy?…

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Math Mutation 6 What Color Is This Podcast?

2007-02-13 :: Erik Seligman

Some people claim to see every number as a different color. Should we believe them?…

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Math Mutation 5 Too Infinite For Me

2007-02-10 :: Erik Seligman

All infinities are not created equal.…

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Math Mutation 4 Flat People Give Me Indigestion

2007-02-04 :: Erik Seligman

Can two-dimensional intestines exist?…

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Math Mutation 3 The Monty Hall Paradox

2007-02-04 :: Erik Seligman

Mathematics of game shows.…

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Math Mutation 2 Homer's Last Theorem

2007-02-04 :: Erik Seligman

The Simpsons vs Princeton University.…

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Math Mutation 1 City of Mutants

2007-02-04 :: Erik Seligman

Count your fingers. Are you sure the number is right?…

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Math Mutation 0 Infinite Reasons to Listen

2007-02-04 :: Erik Seligman

A hotel with an infinite number of rooms-- does it always have a vacancy?…

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Math Mutation

Welcome to Math Mutation, a podcast for people of all ages where we discuss fun, interesting, or just plain wierd corners of mathematics that you would not have heard in school.(Feedback email erik@mathmutation.com).

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