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Beyond Rubik's Cube
The Digits' PBS Pilot
The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications Turns 50
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Beyond Rubik's Cube
http://brc.lsc.org/
What has six faces, 54 stickers, sales approaching 400 billion
units worldwide — and more than 100 million times that many
permutations? Rubik's Cube®!
The world's bestselling toy turns 40 this year, and to
celebrate, the Liberty Science Center (LSC) has built the first
ever museum exhibition devoted to the puzzle.
Come to the Jersey City, New Jersey, museum and admire Ernő
Rubik's original paperclip prototype. Among other artifacts
never before publicly displayed: the fully functional
Masterpiece Cube, crafted by a jeweler out of diamonds, rubies,
emeralds, amethyst, sapphire, and 18karat yellow gold.
LSC's 7,000 square foot exhibit further invites you to

visit the Solve Bar, where "expert cubers teach willing
mortals to solve the Rubik's Cube"

hand a scrambled cube off to a robot to solve in seconds

listen to the Cube Symphony

create a cube mosaic wall

operate a giant mechanical cube that stands 10 feet
tall and weighs more than a ton

compose haiku by twisting the Haikube

snap a picture next to a lifesized bronze Cube
Man sculpture

flip through a book about color mixing and patterns that
was written and illustrated by LSC's Young Learner team
Can't get enough of the brainteaser's
43,252,003,274,489,856,000 possibilities? Play
online — or remotecontrol the LED panels of the 26 foottall
Groovik's Cube suspended from the museum's ceiling:
http://playgrooviks.org/

PoW taking place: math problemsolving moment of the week

"My future husband sent me one in the mail called 'Who Owns
the Zebra?' We continued to trade logic puzzles through the
mail (there wasn't any Internet then, as this was the
mid1980's), and as soon as we got one in the mail, we would
call the other person (no text messages then) and say, 'Go!'
and then race to figure out the solution.... Just yesterday, I
was taking off my bike helmet and putting it on the bookshelf
on our porch, and lo and behold, there was the book! It's
never been written in. I didn't want to use it up, so I
remember I would redraw the solution grids and solve each
problem on a separate piece of paper (copiers weren't as
available then either). And yes, we do have an entire 7'
bookshelf of mostly math books on our porch.... As many of you
discovered, one important part of solving problems like this
is to organize your work and try to keep track of what you do
and don't know. A lot of you did a great job with that, and
I've chosen a ton of solutions to show you...."

 Annie, commenting on the FunPoW's Latest Solution

http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4387
The Digits' PBS Pilot
http://watchthedigits.com/
A web series starring an outer space rock band that teaches
math has been granted thirteen episodes on the stations of the
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) — and its creators want your
help staging the pilot show.
Guided by a curriculum designer and implemented by a 20year
veteran schoolteacher, "The Digits" appeals to children "too
old for Sesame Street." With the PBS deal in hand, the team
have decided to crank it up to eleven, launching an Indiegogo
campaign to market and perform a live staged reading of their
pilot script in Portland, Oregon:
http://igg.me/at/Digits
Perks of this fundraiser to "put the 'public' back in Public
Television" include

a digital download of the rockandroll album
"Homework Hotline"

a digital download of the app "The Digits: Fraction Blast"

a VIP ticket to attend the staged reading (or, if outside
Portland, a private link to the live stream)

an invitation to submit your original artwork for use as
decoration on the walls of The Digits' spaceship

personalized voicemail from the band's drummer, Gorgolax
The drive ends next Friday, 23 May. In this, its final week,
contributions will get matched by Initia Education, which
provides expertise in test preparation and academic tutoring
to Southern California.
The Digits' first two seasons have included an
"appisode" — which combines live action video with over a
dozen interactions and minigames — and episodes such as

The Rule of Nines

ShaDoomPoo: Determining Ounces per Dollar

The Galaxy Twins: Making Change

Bar Charts and Pie Charts (That's So Roadiebot)

Queen Plurbis and The Parts of a Circle
Catch up on all the mathematical, musical comedy by tuning in
to The Digits' YouTube channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/FUNDAWatch/videos

Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"Thanks for the shoutouts these past few days! Means a lot."

 Trey, tweeted to @themathforum

https://twitter.com/jftrey/status/467045541600194560
The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications Turns 50
http://www.ima.org.uk/about_us/ima_50th_anniversary.cfm.html
The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) began
celebrating its 50th anniversary in style two days ago, when it
received HRH The Princess Royal as its Guest of Honour.
Wednesday's Royal Society bash marked the first in a series of
events looking forward to "the developments and limitless
opportunities for the applications of mathematics in the next
50 years and celebrating the achievements of the past." In
early July at the University of Manchester, the IMA will run
the first Festival of Mathematics and its Applications, with
handson mathematical exhibitions, popular and academic talks,
math busking, debates, competitions, discussions, and more.
Not going to be in England this summer? Oxford University
Press has just published a 208page book commissioned to
celebrate the IMA's golden anniversary. 50 Visions of
Mathematics boasts 50 full color images that demonstrate the
beauty of mathematics, and 50 accessible, thoughtprovoking
articles on a wide variety of topics through the spectrum of
mathematics and its applications.
Intended for a general reader with an interest in math who
would like to learn more about its relevance to their lives,
50 Visions of Mathematics showcases the beauty of the
subject as well as "its unreasonable effectiveness and
applicability, without frying your brain." Order in hardcover
or eBook format now:
http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780198701811.do
The IMA supports the advancement of mathematical knowledge and
its applications, and promotes and enhances mathematical
culture in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, for the public
good. Last summer, it debuted a newsletter written for students
ages 1619. IMA's "e16+ Newsletter" covers careers that make
use of mathematics, career profiles, short articles that show
how mathematics is used in the real world, puzzles, advice, and
other mathematical information. Register to get the e16+
Newsletter by emailing the address that appears in the
first issue:
http://www.ima.org.uk/e16plussummer2013.html


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