Saturday, December 29, 2012

Best of 2012

Two winter storms in a row brought all the snow we missed in December at once. So it is very appropriate to read a nice essay in New Yorker - "A snow-covered hill is a mathematician's dream come to this earth." : The Wondrous Mathematics of Winter and Snow

This is also the time to look over various lists "Best of 2012..."
Since I like all things visual one of my favorite is  Best Science Stories of 2012 - in pictures
Science meets Art under the Lens - wonderful pictures!
 This one of Aloin cells looks like a watercolor painting:
National Geographic Best micro-photos 2012
For some reading - best long reads of 2012 from New Scientist.
This is my list of favorite math videos:
From his daughter's Vi Hart's popular videos I liked the best Snowflakes, Starflakes, and Swirflakes: 
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The Catenary - Mathematics All Around Us:
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And some videos just for fun:
Amazing close-up card magic by Lennart Green

1 comment:

  1. I discovered your Crocheting Adventures yesterday. I and Cornelia read it and it became the subject of our pajama discussion with the children this morning. This is the stuff of what a math learning environment at all ages ought to be. Thank you for sharing your work. I have blogged your book on because it offers many points of contact with the Tablet of Heavenly Secrets, a young adult urban adventure that includes some exploration of modern geometry - and demons, of course. You can view the book at