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Looking for math and science 'jokes' to slip into a D&D adventure!

I've got the chance to run a fun, whimsical sort of D&D adventure for a friend of mine. Yay! She's a bit of a science/math geek, and very fond of The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. So I was trying to think of fun, whimsical science and math jokes and references I could slip in to a sort of 'journey with sights along the way' in the style of TPT. [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on Feb 7, 2016 - 11 answers

Next step beyond Lego?

My son has mostly outgrown Lego but still loves building things from instructions. Challenging things. What are some building kits I could get for him? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Dec 4, 2015 - 38 answers

The Best Historical, Educational, or Informational YouTube Channels?

I'm looking for YouTube channels that are dedicated to providing education about or insight into interesting subjects. They can have humor in them, but I'd prefer for them to be primarily informative rather than humorous. [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Jul 17, 2015 - 4 answers

Probability distributions and their practical applications

I am looking for a resource that lists probability distributions and their common real-world applications. For example, I'd expect to see: Lognormal - daily returns in the stock market. Poisson - failure rates for mechanical equipment, ... [more inside]
posted by wivy on Feb 19, 2015 - 6 answers

Netherlands Master's in education vs teaching experience in Asia, which?

I have a B.Sc in computer science and have one year of experience English using my CELTA qualification. Looking around, I see a lot of requests for people with North American B.Sc's to teach Math/Physics/CS in Asia. I'm trying to decide whether to go and start teaching, or whether it is better to get a state teaching qualification (2yr) in the Netherlands first... [more inside]
posted by jpziller on Jan 13, 2015 - 4 answers

Blue's Clueless

In light of this post, are there any programs or initiatives to offer an open, online, mainstream K-12 curriculum available to all students and school districts? [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole on Nov 7, 2014 - 4 answers

Which data structures changed the world?

In my last question, I asked for algorithms that changed the world. Now I'd like to know, what are the data structures that changed the world? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Nov 1, 2014 - 16 answers

Apps for young readers

What are your favorite iPad apps for 4 - 7 year olds? [more inside]
posted by woodvine on Sep 26, 2014 - 8 answers

Which algorithms changed the world?

A recent post to the blue proposed a set of equations that changed the word. As a computer professional, I'm curious, which algorithms transformed the world? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Aug 10, 2014 - 23 answers

Help Building a Gameplan For a Career In Market Research Analysis

So, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about how to land a career in market research analysis. Below are the steps I’ve laid out for myself. Could you tell me if this is a good game plan to get where I want to go? [more inside]
posted by ggp88 on Jun 12, 2014 - 5 answers

Can you answer this question before my traffic court at 9 am?

I'm due in traffic court at 9 am. Help me use math to prove I didn't do it. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Jun 10, 2014 - 15 answers

What Major and Career Should I Look At If I Enjoy Math?

In studying for my Behavioral Statistics final (it’s a statistics class dealing with psychology research methods) I’ve realized something. I actually kind of enjoy math. As long as I don’t have to memorize formulas (as long as they are right there as I’m going through the work) it’s actually kind of comforting and fun. In fact, every math class I’ve taken in college (I’ve taken two remedial algebras, college algebra, and regular statistics before this class) I’ve enjoyed and made an A in. I’m really struggling about what I want to major in (I’m in psychology but I don’t have it in the gas tank to get a PhD), but I know that a lot of people don’t like math. They don’t get it. I do, so I’ve got something there, right? The only problem is, I don’t know what to do with it. These are the parameters… maybe you can think of something that fits? [more inside]
posted by ggp88 on May 4, 2014 - 16 answers

Is this science or a sort of engineering? How do I learn more about it?

My ignorance of science and engineering concepts, procedures, and methods of calculation is holding me back from tackling a whole mess of fun stuff. But what fields am I even interested in, and how can I learn more? Where do I begin? [more inside]
posted by rue72 on Mar 4, 2014 - 11 answers

How do you help people have an epiphany about difficult concepts?

How do you describe the basic concepts of a difficult subject you know a lot about that makes it "click" for a beginner? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Oct 11, 2013 - 18 answers

How can I relearn high school subjects?

I want to relearn algebra, chemistry, basic mechanics, and basic physics this summer. For free? [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur on Apr 25, 2013 - 12 answers

Fallacies and Errors in Inferential Statistics

I have recently been introduced to the concept of pseudoreplication as a mistake that people often make when using inferential statistics to evaluate treatment outcomes. My field (evolutionary and conservation biology) makes heavy use of inferential statistics, including techniques that are vulnerable to pseudoreplication, yet nowhere in my formal education have I been taught about how poor experimental design and lack of statistical rigor can lead to fallacies like this. My personal statistical proficiency is poor, but I am working to remedy that. To that end, could folks help me by identifying and ideally explaining whatever other potential pitfalls you can think of, and explaining how they can be avoided through careful experimental design and data-analysis?
posted by Scientist on Jan 26, 2013 - 5 answers

What does a mathematician do all day?

I'm wondering, after breakfast, and a shower, and a commute, and coffee - what is next? [more inside]
posted by Lownotes on Jan 24, 2013 - 23 answers

How does science education work?

What's important for me to know about being a science teacher, since I've only taught math but will now be training teachers of both contents? [more inside]
posted by violetish on Aug 19, 2012 - 2 answers

The Limits of Flatness

Are there an infinite number of 2D shapes? [more inside]
posted by mwachs on Jul 19, 2012 - 17 answers


I'd really love a detailed explanation of the terms and humor in this math / science related XKCD cartoon. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong on Apr 25, 2012 - 14 answers

How to get 2nd Bachelor's Degree from UCLA after foreign-based Bachelor's?

Seeking 2nd Bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics from UCLA, then PhD. Details below. [more inside]
posted by Hassoon on Apr 17, 2012 - 5 answers

How does a non-science major structure a self-guided science/engineering course of study?

How does a non-science major structure a self-guided science/engineering course of study? [more inside]
posted by holterbarbour on Dec 23, 2011 - 9 answers

What can I add to my math degree to improve my job prospects?

I have a B.S. in Math, but I haven't been able to find a job in my field. What can I add to my undergrad degree to be more competitive in the job market? [more inside]
posted by ZeroDivides on Sep 21, 2011 - 12 answers

Divide it amongst yourselves II

"the average number of molecules in a rock band" [more inside]
posted by Leon on Jul 18, 2011 - 12 answers

Calculus? Is that it?

Why can't I read this? And what sort of classes would I need to make sense of this? [more inside]
posted by Tennyson D'San on Jun 21, 2011 - 12 answers

Avoiding the "summer slide"

Primary school gets out tomorrow. I know it is common for kids to have a "summer slide" where they forget a lot of what they've learned over the year. Recommend some fun math and science sites/projects/activities for elementary school age kids that will keep them refreshed and interested. [more inside]
posted by dejah420 on Jun 2, 2011 - 20 answers

Lengthening your horizons.

How close is the horizon on the moon? On Mercury? On Mars? [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Apr 4, 2011 - 3 answers

Should I pursue my interest and study college physics more?

Should I pursue my interest and study college physics more? Specifically, should I take a year-long calculus-based program, until I get comfortable that I'm on top of it-- and can really judge my level of interest and aptitude fairly? Considering I'm a Junior English major. Also considering that it's been 15 years since HS algebra and I've never been good at math. But I want to be. [more inside]
posted by reenka on Feb 10, 2011 - 31 answers

publisher reputation

if I'm looking through a library... does being published with Springer Verglag mean that the research is legit, and does being published with Nova Publishers mean that it isn't?
posted by moorooka on Jan 30, 2011 - 6 answers

Tell me everything there is to know about waves.

I'm interested in learning everything there is to know about waves. Sound waves, ocean waves, light waves, electromagnetic waves, waves in math, in economics, brain waves, etc, etc.... [more inside]
posted by empath on Sep 7, 2010 - 15 answers

The only chemist who does a triple integral without complaining

I studied mathematics and some computer science as an undergrad, and I loved it. I feel that my real passion, however, is in experimental sciences or engineering. What are some graduate school options for me? [more inside]
posted by scose on Aug 10, 2010 - 9 answers

Biographies of abstract thinkers wanted

Looking for biographies of scientists or mathematicians. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jul 27, 2010 - 22 answers

Cutting six-pack can rings?

Cutting the plastic that comes with six-packs of cans in the most efficient manner? [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on Jan 13, 2010 - 11 answers

If it does exist, I imagine the school crest is something like duct tape, a paper clip and a mullet

Is there a REAL MacGyver School in the world? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Dec 22, 2009 - 15 answers

HY=EY to you too, buddy

I'm being outsmarted by a personalized license plate (I think)! [more inside]
posted by ailouros08 on Nov 17, 2009 - 15 answers

Does math have big scary teeth or something?

Why do people hate math and science so much? [more inside]
posted by chicago2penn on Oct 17, 2009 - 129 answers

Does chi-square work for this?

StatisticAnalysisFilter: I took (pretty close to) scientific observations of the general populace in a neighborhood for a few months (personal project, long story). I measured the number of people who had trait X (or did not have trait X) in two locations, A and B. Now, I want to test the statistical significance of these results. Is the chi-square test sufficient for this? Or is there a better option? [more inside]
posted by MoreForMad on Oct 11, 2009 - 7 answers

Finding meaning in Fourier transforms

I'd like to develop a better understanding of the physical and mathematical meanings of the Fourier transform. Can anyone suggest a text that describes some of its applications and elaborates on the importance of the transform to science and mathematics? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Sep 13, 2009 - 11 answers

Bill Nye should be a Mefite.

What are some simple experiments that help explain complicated phenomena? [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole on Jul 6, 2009 - 15 answers

Is it too late to become an amateur physicist?

Is it too late for me to get into physics? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jun 30, 2009 - 15 answers

Economics' greatest hits? ... or... Where's the science in economics?

As a former scientist, help me gain some faith in economics. What were the great successes of economics as a tool for making better decisions in the last 100 years? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz on Jun 23, 2009 - 20 answers

Can I learn quantum mechanics?

I'm reading Quantum: a Guide for the Perplexed and I'm enjoying the graphics, history and simplification of the math and science used to explain quantum mechanics. But I'm reasonably well versed in math and science - I took a year of college physics, linear algebra, and diff eq about ten years ago. Is there any chance of me learning to understand the equations and papers of Planck and Einstein that are the basis of QM? Are there any good books that could help walk someone like me through this stuff? Or am I stuck as a layperson unless I earn a degree in math or physics?
posted by Grundlebug on May 30, 2009 - 14 answers

selling out while staying academic

How can math postdocs switch into more applied fields? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 31, 2009 - 8 answers

I want to be smart so I can write clever Askme Headlines

What are some easy, relatively quick ways to learn to write better, think clearer, and express myself better? [more inside]
posted by Bageena on Jan 28, 2009 - 24 answers

Help finding beautiful science, math and music posters

Help me find beautiful posters with science, math or music as the subject. [more inside]
posted by storybored on Aug 10, 2008 - 33 answers

Help me relearn mathematics and its practica applications

Applied Math Filter: Help me use math! I'd like to learn more about mathematics and it's practical applications - particularly in Computer Science [more inside]
posted by dcbarker on Aug 1, 2008 - 13 answers

Should I try for a computer science degree?

What natural proficiencies would I need / want to have in order to get a degree in computer science? I have some issues with math, and am not sure whether that's a dealbreaker. [more inside]
posted by FortyT-wo on Jul 26, 2008 - 32 answers

Statistics book for bioscience / medicine?

Can you recommend a statistics book which is appropriate for the stats required for basic bioscience / clinical research? [more inside]
posted by inbetweener on Jul 19, 2008 - 7 answers

Math for pre-schoolers

My cousin's four year old son is obsessed with things like quarks and infinity. He insists to his mother that infinity is the last number. She isn't so sure, and wants to know more about things like strangeness. I don't want to determine this kid's future, but it seems fun to feed his curiosity. And since my wife's babysitter was Murray Gell-Mann, the responsibility has fallen partially on my shoulders to help answer his questions. What kinds of information can you recommend that I give to his mother so that she, an attorney and not a mathematician, and her son can learn more about this information. In particular, what kinds of books, games, and projects would introduce him to other neat ideas in mathematics and physics?
posted by billtron on Feb 16, 2008 - 27 answers

Where can I find which quantitative/technical skills are hot, and which ones aren't?

Where can I find which quantitative/technical skills are hot, and which ones aren't? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox on Feb 3, 2008 - 13 answers

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