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Me, myself and math

I am a bit late to the party. A six-part series by the New York Times entitled “Me, Myself and Math” released its last essay about a year ago, but I only discovered it today. No matter.  Penned by Cornell University professor of applied mathematics Steven Strogatz, the series looks at humans through the lens of math. …

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Prime number love

Ripped from the headlines…a mathematician at the University of Central Missouri recently proved that the largest to date number, 257,885,161-1, is a prime number. If you recall, prime numbers are ones that are only divisible by 1 and themselves (i.e 2, 3, 17, 57, etc). So, who cares? Well, anyone who banks, shops or generally gives …

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