From today’s NYT:

Yuri Milner, the Russian entrepreneur, philanthropist and self-described “failed physicist” who made a splash two years ago when he began handing out lavish cash awards to scientists, announced Thursday that he was expanding the universe of his largess again: This time, he will begin handing out $3 million awards to mathematicians.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/14/science/3-million-prizes-to-go-to-mathematicians.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0

Today back in 1887, patent #371,496 issued for the “comptometer,” the first adding machine “absolutely accurate at all times.” It was invented by Dorr Eugene Felt of Chicago; a model was constructed in 1884.

From MAA – On This Day in Math

First computer “bug,” an actual moth caught in the machinery of the Harvard Mark II computer, logged at 15:45 hours.

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The First Computer Bug
Harvard Mark II

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Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon finished drawing what some describe as “the world’s longest straight line.” Actually two straight lines, it forms parts of the boundaries between the U.S. states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. 

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Mason-Dixon Line

Image credits - http://www.flickr.com/photos/padraics_travels/

 

Arvind Gupta, the CEO & Scientific Director of Mitacs and professor at UBC Department of Computer Science, is the recipient of the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Read more here – http://thelinkpaper.ca/?p=18212

The Library has upgraded its Scifinder Scholar subscription to the Academic Unlimited Access Program. This means that you have 24/7 access to Scifinder regardless of the number of users. Regards Kevin Lindstrom Science & Engineering Reference Librarian

Canada is #7… From the Essential Science Indicators database from Thomson Reuters. Top 20 Nations in Mathematics; January 1, 2001-June 30, 2011

courtesy of “Fantasy on high”.

A team of scientists is investigating the ‘usefulness of music in science and math education’, and have created a website, with the help of an NSF grant, that includes a database of songs about engineering, math and science. Sing About Science & Math: songs for teaching, learning and fun My favourites: Graphene – the Musical […]

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