Category: Math

Inexplicable Tragedy


The disappearance of flight MH370 and the capsizing of the Sewol Ferry are devastating events. The anguish of the families and the suffering of those onboard these vessels is painful to contemplate. The events seem inexplicable, yet there are scientific principles involved. We must understand these principles if we are to prevent a repeat of […]

Bukiet Baseball Model

Baseball in Glove

How does NJIT Professor Bruce Bukiet’s baseball projection model work? Baseball’s Chief Geek and I discussed what it takes – in terms of logic and computing time – to model a baseball game. We also discussed the difficulty of modeling baseball compared to sports like basketball or football. It’s to Bukiet’s credit, and talent in […]

Play Ball!

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It’s Opening Day! The start of the baseball season. What could be more? For the rest of the week, I’ll be posting excerpts from an interview I had with NJIT Associate Professor of Mathematical Sciences, Bruce Bukiet, aka Baseball’s Chief Geek. He’s a mathematician with a bias toward math with a purpose. His annual projections […]

Complex Math Simply?


Steven Strogatz is the Schurman Professor of applied mathematics at Cornell University. He has an impressive list of honors that include MIT’s highest teaching prize. According to the bio on his Web site, Strogatz is “passionate about public outreach and loves sharing the beauty of math and science with a wide audience.” Check it out.

Check Out … Steven Strogatz

Big News

Here’s a little something to keep you busy until I post again. It’s a column by Steven Strogatz “professor of applied mathematics at Cornell University. In 2007 he received the Communications Award, a lifetime achievement award for the communication of mathematics to the general public. He previously taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where […]

Baseball/Numb3rs/Bill Nye

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Yes! Opening Day is just over the horizon. It’s baseball time again!. Fantasy Teams. Picks for best of the season. I love this time of year. Numb3rs had a show in 2005 that’s still one of my favorites. It had Bill Nye pitching a disastrous curve ball to Larry. And a steroid-detecting statistical program developed […]