I heard on National Public Radio this past weekend that British mathematician Simon Blackburn has worked out the *perfect* mathematical formula for a *perfect* parallel parking process.
It's all described in detail here.
In the article, they call it "simple mathematics," but if that's their version of simple, I'm going to have to go back to school.
MOVIES FOR MATHEMATICIANS
Primes of Passion
The Math of Khan
Deriving Miss Daisy
Planet of the Eighths
The Dirty Square Root of One Hundred Forty-Four
The Bourne Parallelogram
WALL-E = MC2
[Chris White's Top Five on Science w/additional material by Mark Raymond]
WORD for YOUR WEEK: My son wanted to know where the word "colic" came from, what it is, and why we use it to describe unhappy babies. It originated with the Greek word kolon which, indeed, refers to your intestines. The Latin version was colicus, which described issues pertaining to the colon. And while medicine still doesn't know exactly what causes colic in a baby, the general school of thought is that it stems from an underdeveloped (or still maturing) digestive tract.
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