Category: Science and Math

Essays on science and math

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Progress and Science Deniers

A couple of months ago, Bill Nye the Science Guy had a debate with the proprietor of the Creation Museum. Meanwhile, Neil deGrasse Tyson was busy filming a reboot of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos which...

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The Lost Month of Mercedonius

We take it for granted that there are twelve months in the year, but this has always been the case. The Roman-derived calendar that we use today has had anywhere from ten to thirteen...

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Decimal Currency in America

The metric system has never caught on in the U.S., but when it comes to decimal measures, there is one place where America has been a pioneer. We were one of the first countries...

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An Intro to Dozenal Numerals

Our number system is based on the number ten, which makes sense, since we have ten fingers to count on. The decimal system is the base behind metric measurements, and our whole system of...

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The Fall of Roman Numerals

Have you noticed that no one uses Roman Numerals anymore? If you watch a movie from the mid-20th century, at the end of the credits, you’ll see something like “© MCMLXIII”. (This was especially...

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The Problem with Rivers

Rivers make terrible borders. They’re fine in the short term, but over the centuries, rivers move and change. If you’re an 18th century explorer surveying the wilderness, it’s pretty easy to come across a...

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Lilliput, Excel and Arabic Numerals

Our numbers are backwards. I’m talking about the Arabic Numerals we use everyday. I realized it one day while using Microsoft Excel. Type any letter into a blank spreadsheet, and it will align to...