Posts tagged "math"

10 Math-Inspired Pickup Lines In Honor Of Pi Day!

Today is March 14th, Pi Day, and in honor of this nerdiest of holidays, we thought we'd help you infuse some math swagger into your flirting game. Because come on, what is sexier than math? Nothing. Nothing is sexier than math. Here are 10 pickup lines sure to charm your way into a hot date,…

A Pair Of Socks Sparked One Of The Dumbest Arguments I’ve Ever Seen On The Internet

Generally, when I have a complaint about a product or service -- even ComCast! -- I tend to approach my complaint by prefacing it with an acknowledgement that there are real human beings on the other end, and while I may be angry or frustrated, I’m not meaning to take it out on them and…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 2, 2014

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Maryam Mirzakhani Is The First Female Winner Of The Fields Medal For Mathematics

Maryam Mirzakhani, who is 37, became the first woman to win the Fields Medal this week. In the world of mathematics, the Fields Medal is equivalent to the Nobel Prize. If you've seen "Good Will Hunting," you might remember hearing it referenced quite a few times. Mirzakhani was one of four recipients and was presented…
By: Claire Hannum / August 15, 2014

Cindy Crawford Was Judged By Her Calculus Professor Because Of Her Looks

OK, so it's a little difficult to feel tons of sympathy for the genetically blessed amongst us. But everyone has their struggles in life and when you're a person who is only known for their looks, sometimes people treat you like you don't have any brains. Case in point: Cindy Crawford learned an awful lesso…
By: Claire Hannum / April 2, 2014

The Soapbox: I Know How To Get More Girls Interested In STEM Fields

The race to find a silver bullet to solve the “Where are all the girls in science and engineering?” puzzle is fast and furious. And as someone who works to encourage and support women studying in science and engineering fields, I worry our efforts often end up pitting the "pink sparkly girls" against the…
By: Veronica Arreola / March 31, 2014

5 Things You Won’t Believe Math Can Predict

Look, we don't want to take all of the magic out of life. After all, can "science" and "mathematics" quantify something as mysterious as the beauty of music, or the evil of the human spirit, or the madness of a panicked mob? Yeah, pretty much. Get enough data, create the best algorithm, and you ca…
By: Cracked / January 21, 2013

Winnie Cooper’s Baby Is Memorizing The Quadratic Formula

"We’re working on some things. He knows his colors and his shapes. He still gets seven when he counts the toes on one foot — he really likes seven right now! He likes it when I recite Pi. And I’m trying to teach him the quadratic formula. He hasn’t quite gotten it yet. It’s sung…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / August 16, 2012

Graduating Girl Finds Ingenious Way To Stick It To Her Math Teacher

Kara Koskowich really wanted to make a statement when she graduated from high school, so rather than donning the traditional white graduation dress, Kara made her own --- out of old math homework. [CNN]…
By: Julie Gerstein / June 10, 2012

5 Ways To Celebrate Pi Day

Guess what? It's March 14th, aka 3.14, aka PI DAY. Pi, as you probably remember from high school geometry, is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. Pi is one of the sexiest math concepts in the game, because it's huge (recent calculations have mapped it out to 5 trillion digits) and poetic…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 14, 2012

Finally, A Math T-Shirt For Smart Girls

I'll endorse this T-shirt, which does not promote violence, sexism, anorexia, or the stereotype that all women are bad at math. Non sequitur, but remember when T-shirts weren't trying to be clever? Those were simpler times in the world of T-shirts. [Think Geek]…
By: Ami Angelowicz / November 19, 2011

Kelly Clarkson’s “Einstein,” Plus Other Fuzzy Math In Pop Music

All morning I've been listening to Kelly Clarkson's quite enjoyable new album, Stronger, and found myself laughing aloud at the lyrics to the song "Einstein. Ahem:  Simple math Our love divided by the square root of pride Multiply your lifeless time I'm going out of my mind It was heaven when I finally figured it out…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 24, 2011

Check It: Angry Birds On A Math Test

Everything I know about physics I learned playing Angry Birds. (Physics is all about different types of birds divebombing mean green piggies, isn't it?) And now the youth of America can learn from everyone's favorite iPhone game, too. Boing Boing found this question on a math test — worth seven points — to…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 17, 2011

Forever 21 Pulls “I’m Too Pretty To Do Math” Magnet From Online Store

Way to perpetuate the myth that girls suck at math, Forever 21. The retailer pulled a dopey magnet that says "I'm too pretty to do math" after complaints. Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker, who runs a media literacy non-profit for kids, posted on her Facebook page that a friend of hers complained to Forever 21…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 1, 2011

Today’s Lady News: The Geek Stereotype Keeps Girls From Studying Science

Dr. Sally K. Ride, a former astronaut, is supporting President Obama's plans to improve America's dismal math and science rankings and she's zeroing in on the cultural expectations we have for girls. Dr. Ride recalled a recent science expo she attended where the mom of a 12-year-old girl made a big fuss over…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 29, 2009

Barbie Says Math Is Hard; Researchers Say Girls Can Handle It

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison say that gender inequality is the cause of the "math gap" between boys and girls—not just girls sucking at math. The study looked at countries in the World Economic Forum's Gender Gap Index and found that girls score better at math in countries where there is more freedom, better…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 4, 2009

Girls Like Math

More and more of us are studying math in college, and not just Stats 101 to fulfill a requirement. According to research released in the journal Science, women earned 48 percent of undergrad degrees in math. Sadly, we still lag behind in physics and engineering. Maybe the Nerd Girls will change that. [AP…
By: Catherine Strawn / July 24, 2008

Crave: Made By The Algorithms Of Nature

We love it when smarty-pants people, like MIT grads Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg, use their brilliance for things like curing disease and/or making jewelry. This "Full Moon" necklace from their "Nervous System" line is a "one of a kind composition born from the intersection of rapid prototyping and pattern generating algorithms." Yeah, we don't…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 25, 2008