Video: Maths is often considered synonymous with pain, boredom and frustration. It's not uncommon to hear someone say, "Ugh, it's like doing maths." But maths is beautiful in theory, miraculous when applied and awe-inspiring at every turn.
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Each year, tens of thousands of passengers get bumped from their scheduled flights because of overbooking. A new video from TED-Ed explains why companies do it, and why you have a right to be pissed off when it happens.
The first edition of Sir Isaac Newton's Principia Mathematica was sold for $US3.7 million ($5 million) at Christie earlier this week, becoming the most expensive printed science book ever sold at auction — . Albert Einstein described Newton's seminal 1687 work as "perhaps the greatest intellectual stride that it has ever been granted to any man to make".
Video: The story of the history of maths and how zero came to be is actually quite fascinating! They should have taught us that instead of actual maths in high school, if you ask me. Thankfully, Hannah Fry tells us in the animation below all we need to know. There's fascinating bits about how the number system (and zero) was resisted by the Romans, and why it's very important to calculus and things like the binary system.
The dishwasher! The perennial optimization problem. Even the chronically untidy have been known to harbour strong opinions on efficient loading technique. But did you know dishwasher manuals actually include photos and illustrations of ideal rack layouts? (Be honest — did you even realise your dishwasher had a manual?)