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8 TED Talks about the wonders of patterns8 TED Talks about the wonders of patterns

Posted By Dani Grodsky

Arthur Benjamin is perhaps the world’s leading mathemagician and, in today’s talk, he aims to show the creativity, beauty and wonder that is as much a part of math as logic. Stepping onto the TEDGlobal 2013 stage, Benjamin takes us on a spirited tour of the Fibonacci numbers, where the patterns to be found go […]

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Adam Spencer on why you should watch his TED TalkAdam Spencer on why you should watch his TED Talk

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Adam Spencer isn’t just the host of the Australian radio program Triple J Breakfast Show. He also has a degree in pure mathematics and, in today’s talk, he ascends into “geek heaven” to explains his deep love of massive prime numbers, the largest of which was discovered earlier this year and is 17.5 million digits […]

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Turn arithmetic into mathemagic: Arthur Benjamin at TEDGlobal 2013Turn arithmetic into mathemagic: Arthur Benjamin at TEDGlobal 2013

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Mathemagician Arthur Benjamin says that there are three reasons we learn math: calculation, application and inspiration. Yes, inspiration. Math is the science of patterns, and learning it teaches us not just logic but creative thinking, says Benjamin. So why, when math is beautiful and exciting, is so much of what we learn in school about preparing for […]

Global Issues

X marks the spot: This week’s TEDx TalksX marks the spot: This week’s TEDx Talks

Posted By Shirin Samimi-Moore

Each week, TEDx chooses four of our favorite talks, highlighting just a few of the enlightening speakers from the TEDx community, and its diverse constellation of ideas worth spreading. Below, give this week’s talks a listen. Why you hate math: Laura Overdeck at TEDxWestVillageWomen When dining out, how often do you slide your check across […]

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Happy Pi Day! Two talks to watch as you celebrateHappy Pi Day! Two talks to watch as you celebrate

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Today is March 14, otherwise known as 3/14. For any math enthusiast, these numbers will certainly set off a bell — they are the first three digits of Pi. To help you celebrate Pi Day, here are two TED Talks, starting with Daniel Tammet’s “Different ways of knowing.” Tammet has linguistic, numerical and visual synesthesia […]

Education

Math class without hand calculation? Estonia is moving toward itMath class without hand calculation? Estonia is moving toward it

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Math class should be fascinating, right? At TED2010, Conrad Wolfram suggests that one reason it often isn’t is hand calculation. Most students spend years in math class learning to work sums by hand that a computer can now do. After all, computers are far better at calculation than human beings will ever be, while people […]

Education

The best of TED-Ed: How math guides ships at seaThe best of TED-Ed: How math guides ships at sea

Posted By Tedstaff

You learn something new every day. This is especially true if you watch TED-Ed lessons, which use animation to bring to life topics as varied as “Insults by Shakespeare” and “Pizza Physics.” As a holiday gift, we’re bringing you a few of the TED-Ed’s team’s favorite talks of the year. Here, a second look at the lesson […]

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8 math talks to blow your mind8 math talks to blow your mind

Posted By Morton Bast

Mathematics gets down to work in these talks, breathing life and logic into everyday problems. Prepare for math puzzlers both solved and unsolvable, and even some still waiting for solutions. Ron Eglash: The fractals at the heart of African designs When Ron Eglash first saw an aerial photo of an African village, he couldn’t rest […]

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The numbers behind the Copyright Math

Posted By TED Guest Author

Were you intrigued by “The $8 Billion iPod,” Rob Reid’s short TEDTalk about the new science of Copyright Math (TM)? We were. We needed to know more. More numbers, Rob! we said. And Rob (whose comic novel Year Zero comes out in July) sent us this treatise, a master class in creative mathematics: A few […]