Fields Institute - Math Circles
NEWS 2014: Math Circles Instructors wanted! (Apply here) Math Circles at the Fields Institute is looking for new volunteers to teach bright high school students interesting topics in mathematics.
Why Save a Language?
Photo Gray Matter By JOHN McWHORTER “TELL me, why should we care?”
Is math discovered or invented? - Jeff Dekofsky
Is mathematics invented or discovered? There are varying opinions on the topic. Read this article: How Math Works and get some ideas about the theories that exist on this question. What do physicists think about this topic? Quantum Diaries has a blog post for you to read and find the answer! Stephen Wolfram, a TED speaker, has an opinion about this topic too!
Want to be happy? SLOW DOWN
In 1972, Matthieu Ricard had a promising career in biochemistry, trying to figure out the secrets of E. coli bacteria. A chance encounter with Buddhism led to an about turn, and Ricard has spent the past 40+ years living in the Himalayas, studying mindfulness and happiness. In this free-wheeling discussion at TED Global in October 2014, Ricard talked with journalist and writer Pico Iyer about some of the things they’ve learned over the years, not least the importance of being conscious about mental health and how to spend time meaningfully. An edited version of the conversation, moderated by TED Radio Hour host Guy Raz, follows. First, Pico Iyer on how he became taken with the idea of staying still: Guy Raz (left), Pico Iyer (center), and Matthieu Ricard (right) discuss mindfulness and the importance of being still at TED Global 2014.

CEMC - Math Circles
The Waterloo Math Circles is a free weekly enrichment activity for grade 6 to 12 students organized by the Faculty of Mathematics of the University of Waterloo. Registration All students interested in attending the Fall Math Circles in 2014/15 will need to register. Space in the program is limited – register early. The 2014/15 program will begin the week of October 6th, 2014. Math Circles Materials

The power of stupid ideas: ‘three generations that have never worked’
This month I ran a workshop with a group of first year undergraduate sociology students at Teesside University (in the North East of England). Our students tend to be from working-class or lower-middle class backgrounds and often the first in their families to go to university. I’d been invited to give an insight into a ‘real life’ research project, and I began by asking for responses and thoughts about some quotations: ‘Behind the statistics lie households where three generations have never had a job’ (ex-British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, 1997).
How to trust intelligently
“The aim [in society] is to have more trust. Well frankly, I think that’s a stupid aim,” says Baroness Onora O’Neill in today’s talk, What we don’t understand about trust. She argues that the aim to build more trust is a cliché, and instead what we need is more trustworthiness. Below O’Neill gives a more nuanced picture of how to trust more intelligently, based on her criteria for trustworthiness. By Onora O’Neill

How to give a persuasive presentations: A Q&A with Nancy Duarte
Stepping onto the TED or TEDx stage — or speaking in front of any group of people, for that matter — is truly nerve-wracking. Will you remember everything you wanted to say, or get so discombobulated that you skip over major points? Will the audience be receptive to your ideas, or will you notice a guy in row three nodding off to sleep? Presentation expert Nancy Duarte, who gave the TED Talk “The secret structure of great talks,” has built her career helping people express their ideas in presentations. The author of Slide:ology and Resonate, Duarte has just released a new book through the Harvard Business Review: The HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations.

Stats: Binomial Probabilities
Binomial Experiment A binomial experiment is an experiment which satisfies these four conditions A fixed number of trials Each trial is independent of the others There are only two outcomes The probability of each outcome remains constant from trial to trial.