Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Mathematical Hubbub

This afternoon when I gave a particularly rowdy table a pointed librarian look (actual shushing is so passé), they told me "Don't mind us.  Math is just very emotional for us right now." I went over to the table to find that indeed a passionate discussion about factoring quadratic equations was underway. It soon degenerated/elevated into a conversation about whether zero is a number.

Want more math in your life?  We're here for you.  Find Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction on our shelves (a part of the brightly colored short introduction series from Oxford).  Or visit to learn more about The Irrationals.  Starting to doubt yourself about whether zero is a number?  This column on straight dope explores the question.

Thursday, November 7, 2013