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Mathematics Reading List For High School Students?

trianglecat Re:John Allen Paulos (630 comments)

I concur. Paulos' books are fascinating. Teaching kids how to apply math properly and how to spot misuse of math is as important as anything else.

That said, I would caution a teacher against suggesting any of his books to students. His latest book is "Irreligion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don't Add Up." That one might get a few parents' underwear in a bunch.

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Canadian Blood Services promotes pseudoscience

trianglecat trianglecat writes  |  about 5 years ago

trianglecat (318478) writes "The not-for-profit agency, Canadian Blood Services, has a section of their website based on the Japanese cultural belief of ketsueki-gata which claims that a person's blood group determines or predicts their personality type.

Disappointing for a self-proclaimed "science-based" organization. The Ottawa Skeptics, based in the Nation's capital, appear to be taking some action."
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Google Releases Earth 5.0

trianglecat trianglecat writes  |  more than 5 years ago

trianglecat (318478) writes "Today is Pi Day (3.14) and Albert Einstein's 130th birthday. It is also the 174th birthday of Giovanni Schiaparelli who famously observed structures on Mars which he called "canali" or channels. This was later mistranslated as "canals" leading to speculation about life on Mars — most famously supported by astronomer Percival Lowell.
To celebrate, Google Earth has released 5.0 which has a number of new features for Mars including:

-Historical Maps — View antique maps by Schiaparelli, Percival Lowell, Nathaniel Green, and Antoniadi overlaid on the Mars surface

-'Live from Mars' — View the most recently captured images from NASA's THEMIS camera on the Mars Odyssey spacecraft, directly on the Mars in Google Earth surface. A continuous stream of fresh satellite imagery of Mars has never been made available to the general public faster than this.

-Guided Tours — Narrated tours of Mars from Public Radio's Ira Flatow and Bill Nye, the Science Guy"

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