The unbelievable solution to the 100 prisoner puzzle.

From Standup Mathematician. Order Alex Bellos’s book now and get a limited-edition ‘Matt verified’ copy. https://mathsgear.co.uk/collections/books/products/signed-copy-of-so-you-think-youve-got-problems-by-alex-bellos-pre-order Thanks to Matt Scroggs and the Chalkdust folks for helping organise the volunteers and the maths. http://chalkdustmagazine.com/ Cheers to the Ri for letting us film in their building. https://www.rigb.org/ We have free Think Maths work sheets for any teachers…

Can we film a stroboscopic helicopter?

From Standup Mathematician. Do check out Captain Disillusion’s video "Quick D: Static Helicopter Blades". http://youtube.com/watch?v=mPHsRcI5LLQ Thanks to Polina for flying the helicopter all day. We hired the helicopter from VVB Aviation who were awesome. https://www.vvb-aviation.com/ My old video about the rolling shutter effect "Rolling Shutter Explained on the Cheap". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nP1elMR5qjc Footage of stage coach from…

How to mathematically hang a picture (badly).

From Standup Mathematician. Watch Jade’s original video on Tom Scott’s channel "How Knot To Hang A Painting". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eVd2Ugk9BU Jade’s channel is over here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSIvk78tK2TiviLQn4fSHaw/ And here’s a whole bunch of Steve Mould for you to subscribe to: https://www.youtube.com/user/steventhebrave Send in your solutions for hanging a picture badly! matt+picturehanging@standupmaths.com We have Think Maths resources for any…

Eclipses can be approximated the same way as π. [ONE TAKE!]

From Standup Mathematician. Huge thanks to Destin for the chat and footage. Check out their video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nk0MRxXqo9s I was at the 2 July 2019 total solar eclipse in Argentina: 30°41’07.6"S 68°28’50.2"W My old video "Solar Eclipse Maths and the Cosmic Coincidence of the Saros Cycle" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieUvzy6rnnw We’ve made some Think Maths teaching resources on approximating…

Are odd-numbered mobius-loop cogs possible?

From Standup Mathematician. More details about WiSE and WiTT https://www.janestreet.com/witt-wise-email.html Apply for WiSE: Women in STEM Education https://www.janestreet.com/apply-wise/ Apply for WiTT: Women in Trading and Technology https://www.janestreet.com/apply-witt/ Here is the reddit post I first saw: "I designed an Intertwined Mobius strip of Gears. 60parts, 285 balls" https://www.reddit.com/r/3Dprinting/comments/blmqbd/i_designed_an_intertwined_mobius_strip_of_gears/ Just the gif: https://i.redd.it/wi38hd95ebb11.gif Thanks to ElminsCosplay for…

What’s the story with log(1 + 2 + 3)?

From Standup Mathematician. This is my deep dive into the log(1 + 2 + 3) = log(1) + log(2) + log(3) log troll meme. I’m not going to link to any of the online discussions incase I accidentally encourage brigading. If you want to join in constructively, you can google them. Huge thanks to Jane…

Calculator Number Trick: rectangle patterns

From Standup Mathematician. Here is the original Fermat’s Library tweet. https://twitter.com/fermatslibrary/status/1052544515632959488 If you want 100% renewable energy: check out Bulb! https://bulb.co.uk/refer/mattp5449 We make Think Maths teaching resources to go with Stand-up Maths videos. For this one we have a cheat sheet to an algebraic proof. http://think-maths.co.uk/standupmaths-videos?yt-calculator-rectangles#calculator-rectangles Many people are asking for the gif. It’s available…

Recursive PowerPoint Presentations [Gone Fractal!]

From Standup Mathematician. Thanks to Steve Mould for filming with me. Check out his "How viruses self assemble" video. https://youtu.be/3X6qEE2fHvE We have since made the t-shirt I’m wearing available for purchase: https://fotsn.teemill.com/collection/recursive-t-shirt/ We have some free teaching resources for anyone who wants to make a large collaborative fractal! As well as complicated 3D ones we’ve…

Why didn’t GPS crash?

From Standup Mathematician. More on the GPS roll-over. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/02/12/current_gps_epoch_ends/ "In the Future the Modernized GPS Navigation (CNAV and MNAV) message has a 13-bit week number, which for all practical purposes solves this ambiguity" https://www.gps.gov/cgsic/meetings/2017/powers.pdf See me turn on my TomTom: https://www.patreon.com/posts/26065751 If you want to see more hilarious tales about roll-over errors then, well, READ…