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Media(n) Math

As my readers (both of them) may have noticed, this blog is all over the place. That may or may not be a good thing. It’s probably a reflection of the fact that my mind is all over the place, which also may or may not be a good thing, but it certainly makes it difficult to do math for a living. In any case, beyond food, language, and the like, one of the issues I wanted to discuss is the use, and unfortunately more often the misuse, of math/science in the media and more generally the “real world”. There are others out there that are much more polished about this kind of thing than I am, but I shall try my hand at it regardless.

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Friggatriskaidekasophy

I think it’s time for a math post. Yesterday was Friday the 13th (of May, 2011). I don’t consider myself superstitious, but it got me wondering as to how frequent such a date is. To be definite, let’s ask the question: How many Friday the 13ths have there been in the past 1,000 years, i.e. since May 14 1011?

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