It's one thing for celebrity hijinks or cute animal stories to take off on social media. That happens all the time.
It's not too often a math problem goes viral, especially when it doesn't involve a complaint about Common Core.
Over the weeke...
is a whereby an apparently irrelevant element is introduced early in the story whose significance becomes clear later in the narrative. The concept is named after Russian playwright , who mentioned several variants of the concept in letters.
"Thinking I could save time, I rigged a beam with a pulley at the top of the
house, and a rope leading to the ground. I tied an empty barrel on one end of
the rope, pulled it to the top of the house, and then fastened the other end of
the rope to a ...
Some years ago, I (GLS) was snooping around in the cabinets that housed
the MIT AI Lab's PDP-10, and noticed a little switch glued to the frame of one
cabinet. It was obviously a homebrew job, added by one of the lab's hardware
hackers (no one knows...
Warning: this comic occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors).
Some time ago I received a call from a colleague, who asked if I would
be the referee on the grading of an examination question. He was about
to give a student a zero for his answer to a physics question, while the
student claimed he should receiv...
The listed here have achieved notably negative reputations as being called the . They have been cited by a combination of reputable sources as the worst movies of all time. Examples of such sources include , 's list of most hated films, 's , , being...
Media Lab postdoc Andreas Velten, left, and Associate Professor Ramesh Raskar with the experimental setup they used to produce slow-motion video of light scattering through a plastic bottle. Photo: M. Scott Brauer
ZoneScreen is a tool for extending your desktop workspace using displays of network connected computers or portable devices like Pocket PC. Like VNC, ZoneScreen is able to mirror local desktop to another computer in the network. The main difference i...