Monthly Archives: August 2011

Solving the 2x2x2 Rubik’s Cube

I got interested in this problem several years ago, as one of several unchosen options for a project in a graduate course that my wife was taking (or maybe it was someone else from work, I don’t remember).  The problem … Continue reading

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How to Solve It

Although the jacket blurb for this blog admits the possibility of the occasional rant, I do my best to confine my thoughts here to those that highlight some specific idea, either mathematical, technological, or otherwise scientific.  My usual yardstick for … Continue reading

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Expectation Isn’t Everything

The Boston Globe reported last week on an elderly couple who were making– and spending– huge amounts of money on the Massachusetts Cash WinFall state lottery.  In my usual habit, I started poking around in the mathematics involved, and also … Continue reading

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