Just for Fun

Math isn’t just for the classroom! Check out what other instructors are recommending for movies, music, podcasts, articles, and even shopping… all with a math twist!

Just for Fun: Let’s Volunteer this Summer

It’s the last day of class. What do you and your students have planned for the summer? More school? A part-time job or internship? How about a nice, long, quiet vacation or binge watching the latest hit show? These are common ways to keep your summer days full, but...

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Read: Weapons of Math Destruction, by Cathy O’Neil

In Weapons of Math Destruction O’Neil offers a look at how algorithms are being used to regulate people. For example, if an inmate is up for parole, a computer algorithm might be used to determine their fate. If you’ve ever wondered how Amazon tells you what “you...

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Read: New Releases at a Bookshelf (or Kindle) Near You!

Searching for a new book to read on a lazy Sunday afternoon? Check out Amazon for new releases in mathematics! See how math connects to football, art, the secrets of the universe and scientific paradoxes. Here are some new titles you can look forward to reading:...

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Shop: Math-Based Games for Game Night!

Who says math should stay in the classroom? Try these games to liven up game night with a little math twist! Prime Climb – Use arithmetic skills to work your way winning. Quirkle – Shape and color-based strategy matching game. Go big and try Quirkle cubes. Dominos –...

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Math Pays off . . . Big Time!

Though most mathematicians would agree that playing the lottery is not a good investment strategy, a husband-and-wife team found it to be hugely profitable by hauling in almost $27 million. How? read more

Just for Fun: Brilliant

If you like puzzles, problems of the day, or lifelong learning in the math and science realms, the website https://brilliant.org/  and accompanying app are worth a look. There are several levels of membership. There is a free course level where one can do lessons in...

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Read: The Housekeeper and the Professor

This 2003 novella from Japanese author Yoko Ogawa (translated by Steven Snyder) has a little bit of a Tuesdays with Morrie feel. The three major characters are a professor with a brain injur and the single mother and her son who take on the task of being the...

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Math After-Hours: Read, Listen and Shop

Here are some of our instructor faves! Read: How math can help improve the flu vaccine. Thinking about your career? The Chronicle has some suggestions. Listen: Something a little bit different for true crime fans: Sword and Scale a true crime podcast Want to know how...

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Watch or Read: The Bletchley Circle

  The Bletchley Circle series is more Downton Abbey than Imagination Game. A lot like Numbers in the way characters pause mid- procedural to explain a code breaking concept, the Bletchley circle series center on a group of women (amateur) crime investigators who...

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