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The Numbers Don’t Lie (Except When They Do)

They say the numbers don’t lie, but there are all kinds of ways to distort the truth using numbers that might even be technically correct. 

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Where Did My Overtime and Bonus Go?

One of the best parts of being an hourly rather than salaried employee is the opportunity for overtime, but sometimes you work more hours and bring home a smaller paycheck. And then there are the eagerly awaited bonuses that have such an unexpectedly huge chunk of taxes taken out that your plans for the windfall […]

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Do We Really Only Work One Day a Year?

There’s an old joke that claims to prove mathematically that we only work one day a year. It sure doesn’t feel that way, but is the math correct? 

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Fibonacci Ain’t Nothin’ But a Number

The Fibonacci sequence is probably something you learned about in math class at some point, but I never realized until well after school just how freaking cool it is. Ready to get your mind blown?

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Who Really Pays Taxes? Let’s Do the Math!

(Written with assistance from my husband the CPA) I’m sure you’ve all heard that our income taxes are “unfair” because the top 1% pays 40% of the taxes in this country and that half of us pay nothing at all. People espousing this view are quick to jump to doomsday scenarios and paranoid rambling. The […]

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Holiday Math: The Twelve Days of Christmas

Let’s face it, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is some 1% bullshit. Do you have any idea how much it costs to buy all that stuff? Well, the wonderful nerds at PNC bank figure it out every year, and this year’s grand total is $101,119.84, a new record. Damn. Of course, part of this is due […]

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Women in Math: Where are the Awards?

As a follow-up to my series on women who have been Nobel Laureates in the sciences, I thought I’d write about women who have won prestigious prizes in mathematics (there is no Nobel Prize for math). The only problem is, it took me a while to find any. Fortunately, in recent years several groups have […]

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Everyday Math: Ladies, Tip Your Waiters

We’ve all been there – the check arrives, it’s time to figure out the tip, and all of a sudden you can’t remember any of the math you learned in high school. No worries! You don’t need to whip out the calculator on your cell phone to make sure the waitstaff get what they deserve. […]

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The Beauty in Math

I had the absolute delight to view an example of the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project at a local museum yesterday. The project was started in 2005 by Margaret and Christine Wertheim  of the Institute For Figuring and was inspired by a presentation by Cornell mathematician Dr. Daina Taimina (read her original paper Crocheting the […]