In the Hitch-Hiker books by Douglas Adams, one particularly improbably space ship is powered by bistromathics: the strange energy generated by repeated attempts to split a restaurant bill amongst a group of people sharing a table. No matter what, the numbers never seem to add up, but instead follow their own weird science.
Only made it to the last afternoon of the Scottish Learning Festival due to teaching and other work commitments. Made it to one presentation on using a computer game to help children develop a winning mentality – and a set of psychological skills which can help lead to success. I also bumped into Derek Robertson who revealed that the first results from LTS’ 32 school trial of Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training (16 test, 16 control) have been released – and having had a look at the results they are very encouraging indeed.
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The Carnival of Math is a blog-hopping festival of math-related posts, with something for just about everyone. Its 18th outing launched last week, with a really amazing range of links. Whether its junior school, high school, college, recent research or even a recreational interest in maths and puzzles, there will be something there for you.
Meanwhile, just a few minutes ago I came across this strange (and very timely) omission in Word’s spell checker:
What I really don’t get is how can Word’s spell-checker accept ‘innumeracy’ yet not ‘numeracy’?