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Happy Pi Day 2015!

Hojae Lee, bioengineering major | March 13, 2015

By Hojae Lee, a Berkeley Math Circle assistant, and Laura Pierson, a high-school student at The College Preparatory School, in Oakland, Calif. It’s time to celebrate Π Day! And 3/14/15 is a special Π Day, as the date forms the first five digits of Π (3.1415), and at 9:26:53, the date and time will be the first … Continue reading »

Common Sense About the Common Core

Alan Schoenfeld, professor of education and of mathematics | September 21, 2014

Is the Common Core the best thing since sliced bread, or the work of the devil? Is it brand new, or a rehash of old ideas? Is it anything more than a brand name, or is there substance? Can it work, given the implementation challenges in our political and school systems? Opinions about the Common … Continue reading »

Lets party like it’s Baktun 13 (or the end of the world)

Rosemary Joyce, professor of anthropology | December 11, 2012

Take your pick. We can all join what the New York Times assures us is a general panic sweeping across Russia (Russia? Really?). Or we can enjoy the dry humor of Australia’s Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, who announced in a widely reproduced comedic video that the end of the world is coming this month. What … Continue reading »