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Email Hoaxes and a Little Math

Recently I received emails from two associates regarding a “get rich quick” scheme. It’s made the rounds before and quite frankly I was surprised to see it poke its ugly head up again. While these hoaxes are mildly irritating, it only takes a moment of thought to determine that they absolutely must be false. Why…

Cryptography 101

This week’s NOVA Science NOW on PBS has an interesting piece on the Kryptos sculpture in front of CIA headquarters. The segment does a decent job of showing some of the basic techniques used such as substitution and transposition, in just a few minutes. I am not a cryptographer but it is an area I…

So last year we had the dreaded 06/06/06, and lo! No apocalyptic beasts appeared in the heavens. This year, it’s our lucky day: 07/07/07! Seven is considered a “lucky number,” a prime of a magical, mysterious signficance. So where does the source of this luck derive? Why, from the Bible, of course! At least in…

Good Math, Bad Math, Literal Math

MarkCC over at Good Math, Bad Math offers up some enjoyable elements from time to time. Between the good and the bad, is there space for humorous literal math? Yes, it’s final exam time here at the college and I received the following from a colleague (the exam paper is not from one of his…