Welcome to the 79th edition of the Carnival of Mathematics. By tradition, each edition begins with a bit of trivia about the number of the carnival.
Gold has atomic number 79, so this is the golden edition. There is an older tradition of calling 25th things silver, 50th things gold, etc. However, I propose switching to atomic numbers as this system is simpler and easier to look up. :)
Not only is 79 a prime number, it belongs to numerous categories of of prime numbers:
And now on to the posts.
Katie Sorene takes us on a stroll through ancient labyrinths on her blog Travel Blog – Tripbase.
Next we wander around a grid of dominoes. Jim Wilder presents The Domino Effect: An Elementary Approach to the Kruskal Count. Starting from this elementary post, you can wander into an investigation of coupling methods for Markov chains.
Peter Rowlett discusses whether there is a generational gap between professors and students on his blog Travels in a Mathematical World.
Alexander Bogomolny from CTK Insights presents An Olympiad Problem for a Kindergarten Investigation. He gives a problem that is simple to describe and that has a simple but sophisticated solution.
Peter Rowlett explains why he supports Relatively Prime, Samuel Hansen’s Kickstarter project. Samuel Hansen has produced two mathematical podcasts and is now raising donations to fund the creation of a series of mathematical documentaries.
One of the most fundamental questions you can ask about a computer program is whether it stops. This may appear to be an easy task, yet there is a three-line program that no one knows whether it always terminates. Fëanor shared a link to Brian Hayes‘ commentary Don’t try to read this proof! on a recent proposed proof of the Collatz conjecture.
Applications often involve matrices that are too large to store directly. For an introduction to how large matrices are represented in computer memory, see Storing Banded Matrices for Speed from The NAG Blog. The post promises to be the first in a series.
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