Posts Tagged ‘Mathematics’

Blackboards in porn

November 10, 2011

Possibly at the more risque end of the spectrum for Thing of the Day, we couldn’t resist the sad or brilliant (you decide) mathematician who produced this blog posting.  Thank you, we think, also to the contributor who found this.



The Curta Calculator

October 19, 2011

TOTD can remember when, back in the mid-1980s, the Department of Geography still had a variety of whacky calculating devices. These included a number of pinwheel machines, and even a large desktop machine with a Nixie tube display ( Best of all though was the collection of Curta calculators, possibly the world’s smallest mechanical calculating machine. They looked like a pepper grinder and were beautifully engineered. Learn more about the Curta here:

When you’ve read the manual you can try the simulator here:

The Code

August 10, 2011

The Code is an excellent series about Mathematics that is currently being screened on BBC 2. This member of the TOTD team has always been a bit maths phobic so it’s testament to the programmes accessible style that even I’m finding it both enjoyable and fascinating. To accompany the series the BBC has created a fabulous microsite full of math related games and puzzles that are both enormous fun and might teach you something along the way. But be warned some of the puzzles are fiendishly difficult

If your feel your up to the ultimate challenge you can take part in the Treasure Hunt. Solve The Code’s puzzles and find a real-life treasure hidden somewhere in the UK! Find out more at

Pi Day

March 14, 2011

Today is pie day which commemorates the mathematical measurement represented by the Greek Letter Pi. The reason why it’s held today is because the date in the American format is 03/14, the beginning of Pi being 3.14.

It’s also a good excuse to eat pies. What is your favourite?

One thousand paintings

April 20, 2009

Following up the comments about Bomono, TOTD came across

It has been running for a few years now and was described as a global art project, although it looks to TOTD like a clever wheeze to generate lots of money. Painting No.1 appears to have been on offer for $5000, however there are plenty still available for under $500. Is it me?

World Maths Day

March 4, 2009

Today is World Maths Day. A day where you can add to your mathematical knowledge, multiply your numerical skills and share them among friends and colleagues:

Lego Vikings

January 9, 2009

The Vikings were an interesting people who made many advances in shipbuilding and navigation along with making the first recorded discovery of America. But did you know they also knew a thing or two about mathematics as this video shows: