What’s Your Favorite?

A very short post today. Audrey Weeks, author of Calculus in Motion, sent me this link to a BBC article by Melissa Hogenboom discussing the 10 most beautiful equations. Each equation can be clicked for more details and some of the links even have videos discussing the equation. Click here for You decide: What is the most beautiful equation? After reading…

Reading the Derivative’s Graph

A very typical calculus problem is given the equation of a function, to find information about it (extreme values, concavity, increasing, decreasing, etc., etc.). This is usually done by computing and analyzing the first derivative and the second derivative. All the textbooks show how to do this with copious examples and exercises. I have nothing…

Show me the Math!

Is God a Mathematician? by Mario Livio begins When you work in cosmology … one of the facts of life becomes the weekly letter, e-mail, or fax from someone who wants to describe to you his own theory of the universe (yes, they are invariably men). The biggest mistake you can make is to politely answer that you would like…