Ian Stewart

Mar. 13, 2015

SciFri Celebrates π

This year holds an unusually special treat for enthusiasts of the constant π: March 14, 2015 approximates π not just to the usual three digits (3.14) but to five: 3.14.15.

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Sep. 21, 2012

The SciFri Book Club Visits ‘Flatland’

Mathematician Ian Stewart joins the September book club meeting for a look at Edwin Abbott’s ‘Flatland.’

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Teaching Ancient Nautilus New Tricks

\tWith its heavy outer shell, weak vision, and primitive brain, the nautilus lacks much of the excitement of the more flashy and cunning cephalopods. Yet a series of experiments by evolutionary biologists Dr. Jennifer Basil and Robyn Crook involving fish juice, blue lights, and mazes dispels the notion that this ancient species is incapable of basic learning and throws into question the origins of cephalopods' intellectual prowess.

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