Real World Math

This is just simple math

People compare some “big ticket” item with “small ticket” items and don’t mention how the very large numbers of those small ticket items add up, or how very little the large ticket item would really stretch among the many to whom those small ticket items apply.

So when someone says “if we can afford X, then surely Y isn’t too expensive” take a closer look.  Just how much of those “Y” do we have to buy and how much is the total cost?

 

You really want to read it all.

 

Here’s some other math- what happened when Linda Sarsour, noted ‘feminist’, Muslim activist, and the crazy mean lady who said FGM victim and outspoken defender of liberty against islam Ayaan Hirsi Ali  didn’t deserve her private lady parts, raised tons of money for a Jewish cemetery.  You know what happened.  But read it anyway.  maybe if enough people call attention to this she will be shamed into giving the money to them after all.

 

And this is a really neat story about a late blooming mathematician:

“Huh’s math career began with much less acclaim. A bad score on an elementary school test convinced him that he was not very good at math. As a teenager he dreamed of becoming a poet. He didn’t major in math, and when he finally applied to graduate school, he was rejected by every university save one.

Nine years later, at the age of 34, Huh is at the pinnacle of the math world. He is best known for his proof, with the mathematicians Eric Katz and Karim Adiprasito, of a long-standing problem called the Rota conjecture.”

I understand none of the math bits, but the people are interesting.

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