The science of Hillary Clinton’s coin toss victories (Synopsis)

“[T]he coin of life has meaning and value no matter what side it lands on. It’s each individual’s choice whether to bet on the outcome or not, but ultimately your coin of life will be spent somehow.” -Virgil Kalyana Mittata Iordache Coin flips are traditionally the way to settle disputes with two choices and equal … Read moreThe science of Hillary Clinton’s coin toss victories (Synopsis)

Weekend Diversion: The Math of Powerball (Synopsis)

“I’ve done the calculation and your chances of winning the lottery are identical whether you play or not.” –Fran Lebowitz It’s a thought that’s occurred to almost everyone at some point or another: what each of us would do if we happened to hit the lottery Jackpot. Have a listen to Camper Van Beethoven sing about … Read moreWeekend Diversion: The Math of Powerball (Synopsis)

Throwback Thursday: The Bad Math of the Biggest Loser (Synopsis)

“Our external environment no longer seems to have any firm boundaries, any limits, or any positive cues about when to stop consuming anything. I mean, there is a reason that people get fat — it’s easy and cheap to get high-calorie, tasty food.” –Bob Harper There are plenty of good things we can all do to get … Read moreThrowback Thursday: The Bad Math of the Biggest Loser (Synopsis)

Throwback Thursday: Fun Facts for Pi Day (Synopsis)

“So here we have π squared, which an engineer would call ‘10.’” –Frank King This March 14th, stump your friends with these amazing facts about the world’s favorite transcendental number! I’ve written about Pi Day twice before here on Scienceblogs, but for this year’s festivities, I’ve assembled a collection of my favorite facts about everyone’s … Read moreThrowback Thursday: Fun Facts for Pi Day (Synopsis)

Ask Ethan #6: The Center of the Universe

“If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.” –C. S. Lewis And yet, when you search for the truth, you often find answers that butt … Read moreAsk Ethan #6: The Center of the Universe