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Math! It’s hard!
For some people it’s really hard. They remember taking pre-calculous in High School and… just, oh man, it all comes rushing back! The anxiety, the frustration. Dear God, it’s too much for a mere mortal to bare.
Other people are more, “Calm down! Sure it can be confusing, but it’s not wizardry.”
“Yes, it is,” the fearful cry. “People who are good at math must be wizards! “
But the thing is, math nerds aren’t, in fact, wizards. They’re just brave:
Using brain scans, [scientists at the University of Chicago] concluded that the mere thought of having to solve a math problem causes quasi-physical pain.
Medical XPress quoted Ian Lyons, a psychology graduate from the University of Chicago and a postdoctoral scholar at Western University in Ontario, Canada: “The brain activation does not happen during math performance, suggesting that it is not the math itself that hurts; rather the anticipation of math is painful.”
Look! In the Sky! It’s a cloud! It’s a number! It’s… the first 1000 digits of Pi?
On the afternoon of September 12, 2012, artist ISHKY, with Stamen Design, launched Pi in the Sky, a project that used skywriting to create quarter-mile tall digits at 10,000 feet over the San Francisco Bay Area. It took a team of five synchronized skywriters “equipped with dot-matrix technology” to create the first one-thousand numbers of the infinite order of pi (3.14159, etc.). The airplanes made a 100-mile loop around the Bay Area, which created a temporary piece that was 150 miles long. It was created as part of the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial.
There’s a Kickstarter for everything.