“The sciences do not try to explain, they hardly even try to interpret, they mainly make models. By a model is meant a mathematical construct which, with the addition of certain verbal interpretations, describes observed phenomena. The justification of such a mathematical construct is solely and precisely that it is expected to work.” — John… [Read More]

## How To Install Sage Mathematics On Arch Linux Distro’s

When I was in grad school — many moons ago — I was introduced to a fantastic platform for mathematics computation called Sage being developed at the University of Washington. You can think of Sage as a combination of Mathematica, Matlab, and a bit of R — only open source, free, and backed by the… [Read More]

## Sage Math Presentation: It’s Not About Finding X

“It’s not about finding X, but understanding Why.” — Arvind S Raj Back when I was still in grad school, the open-source mathematics software system Sage was very much in its development period. But, it’s since grown into an amazing set of tools for a mathematician — or anyone who needs to get math done…. [Read More]

## Myth Busted: The Golden Ratio Fact & Fiction

Is the Golden Ration REALLY that pretty? A wonderful follow-up video to the history of numbers, by Keith Devlin at Stanford, says NO… Maybe… sometimes! OK, we’ll just say “It’s complicated.”

## A Sweet-Ass, Dirty, & Quick History Of Numbers

by Keith Devlin, lecturing at Stanford: Right at the outset, he describes mathematics as: The Science of Patterns. Given that the human mind can be seen as a giant pattern recognizer, this makes the study of mathematics deeply important to the study of our essential nature. “It could be that the patterns of mathematics are… [Read More]

## It Could Be Worse: You Could Be A Mathematician!

“When I started at a NASA center, working with a bunch of physicists for the most part, I found I was being sent to an AAS (American Astronomical Society) meeting. I don’t remember exactly what my boss said that was disparaging about astronomers, but I do remember he said something to the effect, ‘but at… [Read More]