Mathematics
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enThe Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets by Simon Singh
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<div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/pick/simpsons-and-their-mathematical-secrets-simon-singh"><img src="http://www.jce.divched.org/sites/www.jce.divched.org/files/styles/thumbnail/public/images/pick/simpsons-and-their-mathematical-secrets-simon-singh.jpg?itok=o1l_OXVN" width="66" height="100" alt="" /></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Simon Singh uses mathematical tidbits planted by the nerds and geeks who write The Simpsons to lead the reader on an excursion through some amazing mathematics. The book will appeal to the kind of person who might read JCE, and others with some mathematical background and interest. </p>
</div></div></div>Tue, 03 Dec 2013 18:09:23 +0000Hal Harris2329 at http://www.jce.divched.orgOrbital Viewer
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<div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/pick/soccernomics-why-transfers-fail-why-spain-rule-world-and-other-curious-football-phenomena"><img src="http://www.jce.divched.org/sites/www.jce.divched.org/files/styles/thumbnail/public/images/pick/soccernomics-why-transfers-fail-why-spain-rule-world-and-other-curious-football-phenomena-explained.jpg?itok=yV3GkfJQ" width="62" height="100" alt="" /></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Lots of us learned about percentages and statistics by studying batting averages, and many of our students are passionately choosing players for fantasy leagues in various sports. Is it possible to find methods for the evaluation of players in soccer using methods similar to those in "Moneyball"? This question and many others are addressed in "Soccernomics"</p>
</div></div></div>Wed, 24 Jul 2013 18:49:17 +0000Hal Harris1131 at http://www.jce.divched.orgThe Signal and the Noise
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<div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/pick/signal-and-noise"><img src="http://www.jce.divched.org/sites/www.jce.divched.org/files/styles/thumbnail/public/images/pick/signal-and-noise.jpg?itok=ZF1WJDAx" width="66" height="100" alt="" /></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>New York Times blogger Nate Silver demonstrates how probability and statistical thinking can be used to analyze practical problems in our society. A lively, practical, and informative book!</p>
</div></div></div>Mon, 05 Nov 2012 17:19:17 +0000Hal Harris1086 at http://www.jce.divched.orgMammogram Math (The Way We Live Now)
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<div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/pick/mammogram-math-way-we-live-now"><img src="http://www.jce.divched.org/sites/www.jce.divched.org/files/styles/thumbnail/public/images/pick/mammogram-math-way-we-live-now.jpg?itok=Deq-Ci_X" width="77" height="100" alt="" /></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Imagine a highly reliable cancer test. It detects 95% of a certain type of cancer, and has a "false positive" rate of only 1%. This test is used on a population in which this type of cancer occurs in 0.5%. One day your doctor tells you that you have tested positive. What is the chance that you are actually sick? Surprisingly, it is only about 32 percent!</p></div></div></div>Wed, 02 Dec 2009 07:00:00 +0000Hal Harris969 at http://www.jce.divched.orgOf Beauty, Sex and Power
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<div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/pick/beauty-sex-and-power"><img src="http://www.jce.divched.org/sites/www.jce.divched.org/files/styles/thumbnail/public/images/pick/beauty-sex-and-power.jpg?itok=YYY8rlfJ" width="74" height="100" alt="" /></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Having just returned from the Gordon Research Conference on Chemical Education Research and Practice, I can attest to the central role that statistics plays in chemical education.</p></div></div></div>Thu, 02 Jul 2009 07:00:00 +0000Hal Harris963 at http://www.jce.divched.orgThe Symmetries of Things
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<div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/pick/symmetries-things"><img src="http://www.jce.divched.org/sites/www.jce.divched.org/files/styles/thumbnail/public/images/pick/symmetries-things.jpg?itok=-QBCjtNW" width="77" height="100" alt="" /></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>This beautiful book could certainly enhance your coffee table, but don't buy it just for its looks. Be prepared to spend some time with it, and join the wonder that mathematicians are expressing at the brilliance of this new way of describing and inventing symmetries.</p></div></div></div>Sun, 01 Mar 2009 06:00:00 +0000Hal Harris957 at http://www.jce.divched.orgGroup Theory in the Bedroom, and Other Mathematical Diversions
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<div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/pick/group-theory-bedroom-and-other-mathematical-diversions"><img src="http://www.jce.divched.org/sites/www.jce.divched.org/files/styles/thumbnail/public/images/pick/group-theory-bedroom-and-other-mathematical-diversions.jpg?itok=JJzirdEU" width="67" height="100" alt="" /></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>I am an enthusiastic fan of Brian Hayes' "Computing Science" column in the Sigma Xi publication, American Scientist, which is the source of most of the essays in this book. Before that, I read his articles in The Sciences, a now-defunct but beautiful little magazine once published by the New York Academy of Sciences.</p></div></div></div>Sun, 01 Feb 2009 06:00:00 +0000Hal Harris956 at http://www.jce.divched.orgThe Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives
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<div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/pick/drunkards-walk-how-randomness-rules-our-lives"><img src="http://www.jce.divched.org/sites/www.jce.divched.org/files/styles/thumbnail/public/images/pick/drunkards-walk-how-randomness-rules-our-lives.jpg?itok=xyFaYnkS" width="65" height="100" alt="" /></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>George Gamow introduced me to Monte Carlo methods in a chapter of "One Two Three Infinity" (Hal's Pick of April, 2001) that I first read when I was about twelve. His vivid description and witty illustration of the path of a staggering drunk comes clearly to mind even these many decades later, and it surely inspired my research on a number of projects.</p></div></div></div>Tue, 01 Jul 2008 06:00:00 +0000Hal Harris948 at http://www.jce.divched.orgNumbers Guy: Are our brains wired for math?
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<div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/pick/numbers-guy-are-our-brains-wired-math"><img src="http://www.jce.divched.org/sites/www.jce.divched.org/files/styles/thumbnail/public/images/pick/numbers-guy-are-our-brains-wired-math.jpg?itok=Ci0UKuqT" width="83" height="100" alt="" /></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>I have noticed a significant decline over the years in the ability of my students to estimate quantities, and have attributed it to an increased reliance on calculators and computers, but it may be a consequence of more subtle differences in brain development.</p></div></div></div>Sat, 01 Mar 2008 06:00:00 +0000Hal Harris943 at http://www.jce.divched.orgThe Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
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<div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/pick/black-swan-impact-highly-improbable"><img src="http://www.jce.divched.org/sites/www.jce.divched.org/files/styles/thumbnail/public/images/pick/black-swan-impact-highly-improbable.jpg?itok=XikxHRRL" width="69" height="100" alt="" /></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Like Malcolm Gladwell s Tipping Point , Nassim Taleb s Black Swan threatens to become a permanent part of the lexicon. In this best-selling book, he makes the argument that evolution has prepared us to over-emphasize continuous, Gaussian relationships because they occur much more frequently than do rare but momentous, unpredictable events.</p></div></div></div>Sun, 01 Jul 2007 06:00:00 +0000Hal Harris932 at http://www.jce.divched.orgThe Golden Ratio: The Story of Phi, The World's Most Astonishing Number
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<div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/pick/golden-ratio-story-phi-worlds-most-astonishing-number"><img src="http://www.jce.divched.org/sites/www.jce.divched.org/files/styles/thumbnail/public/images/pick/golden-ratio-story-phi-worlds-most-astonishing-number.jpg?itok=nKNRJK8-" width="69" height="100" alt="" /></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>1.618033989... is a magic number.</p></div></div></div>Tue, 01 Aug 2006 06:00:00 +0000Hal Harris919 at http://www.jce.divched.orgA Mathematician at the Ballpark: Odds and Probabilities for Baseball Fans
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<div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/pick/mathematician-ballpark-odds-and-probabilities-baseball-fans"><img src="http://www.jce.divched.org/sites/www.jce.divched.org/files/styles/thumbnail/public/images/pick/mathematician-ballpark-odds-and-probabilities-baseball-fans.jpg?itok=n0e77bHW" width="69" height="100" alt="" /></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Back in the 1960's, I was captivated by "Percentage Baseball" by Earnshaw Cook. Now long out of print and a collector's item, this book was a forerunner of the "science" of SABRmetrics (after the Society for American Baseball Research) that refers to the scientific (statistical) evaluation of the game.</p></div></div></div>Sun, 01 May 2005 06:00:00 +0000Hal Harris901 at http://www.jce.divched.orgThe Honors Class: Hilbert's Problems and Their Solvers
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<div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/pick/honors-class-hilberts-problems-and-their-solvers"><img src="http://www.jce.divched.org/sites/www.jce.divched.org/files/styles/thumbnail/public/images/pick/honors-class-hilberts-problems-and-their-solvers.jpg?itok=oSwb4kQq" width="69" height="100" alt="" /></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>In 1900, David Hilbert gave an address to the International Congress of Mathematicians that outlined the twenty three most important unsolved problems of mathematics, as he saw them. In "The Honors Class", Benjamin Yandell describes the problems and the very remarkable people who worked on them.</p></div></div></div>Tue, 01 Oct 2002 06:00:00 +0000Hal Harris867 at http://www.jce.divched.orgThe Odds of That
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<div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/pick/odds"><img src="http://www.jce.divched.org/sites/www.jce.divched.org/files/styles/thumbnail/public/images/pick/odds.jpg?itok=lPDm_c4K" width="69" height="100" alt="" /></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>When nearly a dozen scientists, all in some way associated with research on biotechnology, die within a year of the 9/11 attacks, can it be coincidence? Yes, says Lisa Belkin, author of this excellent article on one of the constants of pseudoscience, the attribution of "cause" to random events.</p></div></div></div>Thu, 01 Aug 2002 06:00:00 +0000Hal Harris865 at http://www.jce.divched.org