# math

In fact, I'd say it's harder than math.

With math, you have machines that can do it all for you. You just have to punch in the numbers, press enter, and the answer comes out.

Which is why it's a touch unfortunate that a new billboard for Microsoft's Surface 2 seems to have miscalculated, despite using Excel.

As Apple Insider reports, the ad shows a budget plan for a Hawaii vacation.

The numbers, as presented by Apple Insider, are these: AirFare, $2,500. Hotel,$4,000. Car, $500. Food,$1,500. … Read more

## Review: Learn math basics with Talking Math's flashcards and spoken answers

Use flashcards to teach your kids math with Talking Math, a utilitarian educational tool that speaks the answer aloud to the math problems it presents. While it's not the most polished of programs, it works well and there are a few options for how to use the flashcards. And even though it's free, you won't be hit with any ads.

Talking Math takes up the whole screen when you launch it, although a huge strip of black outlines the actual interface. A flashcard appears automatically on the screen, with a prompt to click it to begin. You … Read more

## Google subtracts MathML from Chrome, and anger multiplies

MathML, a years-old technology for displaying mathematical equations and formulas on the Web that has strong advocates at scholars and researchers, stands at a crossroads.

Firefox and Safari support it, but Internet Explorer does not. Google could help tip the balance in favor of MathML, but it's concluded the technology isn't justified. It's supporting a workaround called MathJax that instead uses JavaScript, the Web's programming language, but the company's position has displeased some who want mathematics to be a native citizen of the Web, not a slower-performing outsider.

## Review: Math Practice for Mac challenges you to solve equations

Math Practice for Mac asks you challenging questions covering several math disciplines, including addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, and roman numerals, helping you practice your math skills in a fun way. However, a more attractive interface and the addition of a competitive element would really make this app shine.

While intuitive, Math Practice's interface isn't that exciting when it comes to its looks. You begin by selecting the math skill you want to work on and then choose from three levels of difficulty. The app then throws math questions back at you. One annoying thing about it … Read more

## God exists, say Apple fanboy scientists

I struggle with theories. They so rarely work out in practice. And though teachers tried to force-feed theories, theorems, and theologies down my throat when I was impressionable, these days nothing gets through.

Two Apple aficionados, however, decided to take on the Big Banging Theory -- whether God exists -- and claim they now have proof.

My irregular reading of Der Spiegel brought me to the news that all it took was the help of one MacBook and one early 20th century theorem. (Thank you, TechEye, for sending me there.)

The theorem belongs originally to Anselm of Canterbury and was taken on by Austrian mathematician Kurt Godel. It goes like this: "God, by definition, is that for which no greater can be conceived. God exists in the understanding. If God exists in the understanding, we could imagine Him to be greater by existing in reality. Therefore, God must exist."… Read more

## Mathematician works out formula for perfect pizza

You may think you know how to make a mean pizza pie. You stretch out the dough and eyeball the toppings, but you're still operating in the realm of guesswork. To turn out a truly fine pizza, you need cold, hard math to back you up. You need Eugenia Cheng, a mathematician with the University of Sheffield in the UK.

Cheng turned her considerable skills toward the noble pursuit of figuring out a formula for creating the perfect pizza. She shares her results in a paper titled "On the perfect size for a pizza (PDF)." Go check it out for all the juicy mathematical details.… Read more

## Review: 3D-XplorMath for Mac allows experimenting with mathematical objects/concepts

3D-XplorMath for Mac allows you to visualize over 250 different mathematical objects, giving you a new way to understand advanced concepts.

3D-XplorMath for Mac gives you a wonderful working environment in which you can render and display mathematical objects quickly for your study. You get started by selecting the mathematical surface you would like to explore from. Your selection is quickly drawn by the application and displayed in the main window. You can drag the object with your mouse to display the object's details from every angle, which gives you unique views and the ability to manipulate the object … Read more

## Amazon buys math education company TenMarks

Amazon has purchased TenMarks, an online math tutoring service, the companies announced Thursday.

Dave Limp, Amazon's vice president of Kindle, said in a press release that TenMarks is a good match for Amazon. With this acquisition, Amazon will focus on developing education content and applications.

"Amazon and TenMarks share the same passion for student learning. TenMarks's award-winning math programs have been used by tens of thousands of schools and Amazon engages with millions of students around the world through our Kindle ecosystem," he said in the release.

TenMarks offers personalized online math instruction and practice, including … Read more

## Smartphone apps to make you (Americans) smarter

Hey, America, have you got a second? We need to talk. It turns out we're not doing so well in literacy and math compared with most of the developed countries in the world. We also may not be as knowledgeable about our world as we think we are.

According to this article in the New York Times, a recent study out of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) puts the USA well behind most developed countries in the world in basic math skills, literacy, and working with technology.

Whether the problem is standardized testing, increasing poverty rates, … Read more

## Americans can't count, and not so good at tech -- report

So many complex minds claim that they can solve the alleged budget crisis.

One report, though, may have an insight which many have overlooked.

It seems that America isn't much good at math. You know, the adding, subtracting, and multiplying thing? We're terrible.

You might think, though, that dividing is still a strength. No, it is not. At least if you believe the latest report (PDF) from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. (Thank you, Quartz, for discovering this gem.)… Read more