Wrong, But Useful: Episode 29

In this episode of Wrong, But Useful, @reflectivemaths and @icecolbeveridge…:

• Argue about the inferiority of statistics
• Give a number of the podcast: $e^{\frac{\pi}{2}} = i^i \approx 0.20788…$
• Review @standupmaths’s excellent Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension
• Investigate equable shapes in several dimensions, with reference to @tombutton’s MathsJam talk about the radius of a cube
• Point to @samuel_hansen’s (and his collaborators’) work at acmescience.com; the new series of Relatively Prime is due out in January 2016. Colin likes The Other Half.
• Threaten to hold the podcast to ransom
• Plug Big MathsJam! We will both be there all weekend (shout out to @colinthemathmo for organising it!).
• Plug Colin’s talk to Bournemouth Skeptics In The Pub on November 11th
• Take off our hats to @christianp’s clerihew: Terry Tao / The cat’s miaow / Solves a conjecture / Before every lecture
• Celebrate said Terry Tao’s solution to the Erdos Discrepancy Problem and boo Nature’s headline for it
• Decry the lack of good arguments for learning to multiply or subtract
• Thank some people for suggesting puzzles to Dave
• Hand out gold stars to @chrishazell72 and @FennekLyra for work on old puzzles
• Set a puzzle due to @npickup: There is one 3-partition of the number 3: (1,1,1). There are 3 of the number 6: (1,1,4), (1,2,3) and (2,2,2). a) Find a formula for the number of 3-partitions of any number n; b) prove it.

* Edited 2015-10-22 to fix missing audio. Thanks, Eva!

Colin

Colin is a Weymouth maths tutor, author of several Maths For Dummies books and A-level maths guides. He started Flying Colours Maths in 2008. He lives with an espresso pot and nothing to prove.

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