recent posts
##
How to Learn Math...

Posted by
John F. McGowan, Ph.D. on
Mar 17th, 2014
##
STEM Shortage Claims and Faceb...

Posted by
John F. McGowan, Ph.D. on
Mar 10th, 2014
##
How to Remember the Key Bayes ...

Posted by
John F. McGowan, Ph.D. on
Feb 3rd, 2014
##
Battle of the Nerds: AP Calcul...

Posted by
John F. McGowan, Ph.D. on
Jan 20th, 2014
##
New STEM PhDs and Industry...

Posted by
John F. McGowan, Ph.D. on
Jan 7th, 2014
##
The Mathematics of the Manhatt...

Posted by
John F. McGowan, Ph.D. on
Jul 8th, 2013
##
Math In Action: Video Compress...

Posted by
John F. McGowan, Ph.D. on
Jun 10th, 2013

Mr. Jabez Wilson laughed heavily. “Well, I never!” said he. “I thought at first that you had done something clever, but I see that there was nothing in it after all.”
“I begin to think, Watson,” said Holmes, “that I make a...

Tech titan Facebook’s recent acquisition of WhatsApp for the bargain basement price of $19 billion in cash and stock (slightly less than the inflation adjusted cost of the Manhattan Project) generated a spate of news articles noting that both WhatsApp co-founders...

Bayes Formula is a simple formula that gives a rule for updating the probability that a hypothesis is true given new evidence — information or data. For example, opinion polls show an increase in public belief in “global warming” during unusually hot...

A Geek Gap?
Once again America is in danger from a looming under-supply of nerds. The latest figures from the College Board show that not a single girl took the college-level AP (Advanced Placement) Computer Science coding test in two states and no black students took...

This article takes a look at the job prospects of freshly minted STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Ph.D.’s who pursue a job in private industry, which frequently means some form of software development in the “technology,” formerly...

This article discusses the mathematics of the Manhattan Project which developed the first nuclear reactors and atomic bombs and established high expectations for the effectiveness of mathematical modeling and computer simulations that continue to the present day. It...

Have you ever wondered how it is possible to put a full-length movie which used to fit on dozens of rolls of film on a memory stick that hangs on your keychain? Actually, it is usually possible to put dozens, even hundreds of full-length movies on a memory stick today....

popular posts

- A 10 minute tutorial for solving Math problems with Maxima (132)
- 3 awesome free Math programs (109)
- Ten Must Read Books about Mathematics (70)
- The most enlightening Calculus books (60)
- Programming is not a Super-Power (42)
- Refresh your High School Math skills (38)
- 13 Useful Math Cheat Sheets (37)
- Forget Pi, here comes Tau (32)
- The Cost of Not Understanding Probability Theory (31)
- On the Importance of Mathematics (29)

**John F. McGowan, Ph.D.**: SAT and GRE Scores I received a number of comments on my ...**John F. McGowan, Ph.D.**: Correction: CalTech has been corrected to Caltech in the ar...**John F. McGowan, Ph.D.**: Correction. I have corrected this post from the original ...**Raj**: Dear John, Just wanted to thank you for taking the time to w...**John McGowan**: Rare Purple Squirrels Found! Facebook and Yahoo definitel...

recent from Suggested reading
Breaking the Maya Code Video Review
Breaking the Maya Code
Year: 2008
Duration: 1 hr 56 minutes
Writer/Director: David LeBrun
Publisher: Night Fire Films
Breaking the Maya Code (2008) is a one hour fifty-six minute video written and directed by David LeBrun from Night Fire Films on the decipherment of the ancient Mayan hieroglyphic script. It...

recent from Math news
Watch Khan Academy on your mobile device
Khan Academy is an amazing non-for-profit project that’s chock full of mathematics, science, and other educational videos. Wide coverage, excellent explanations, and the fact that’s 100% free to use, have made this site a huge success and helped attract donations and praise from many, including...

recent from Math tutorials
Using Octave, a Free MATLAB Alternative
Introduction
Octave is a free, both free as in beer and free as in speech, MATLAB compatible numerical programming tool available under the GNU General Public License. MATLAB, an abbreviation for “Matrix Laboratory”, is currently the most widely used commercial, proprietary numerical programming tool....

recent from Math education
How to Learn Math
Mr. Jabez Wilson laughed heavily. “Well, I never!” said he. “I thought at first that you had done something clever, but I see that there was nothing in it after all.”
“I begin to think, Watson,” said Holmes, “that I make a mistake in explaining. ‘Omne ignotom...