0! = 1
0! = 1 (zero factorial equals one) . . . 5! = 5x4x3x2x1 = 120 4! = 4x3x2x1 = 24Read more.
1st Woman Mathematician
In 400 AD, Hypatia writes commentaries on Diophantus and Apollonius. She is the first recorded female mathematician and she distinguishesRead more.
The abacus was developed in the Middle East and areas around the Mediterranean in about 3000 BC.Read more.
Around 825 A.D. in Baghdad, Mohammed ibn-Musa al-Khwarizimi wrote a book called “Kitab al-jabr wa al-muqabalah”, which means “The scienceRead more.
250 BC: In On the Sphere and the Cylinder, Archimedes gives the formulae for calculating the volume of a sphereRead more.
Singer Art Garfunkel holds an MA in mathematics from Columbia. He started on his PhD, but quit in order toRead more.
In a group of 23 people, at least two have the same birthday with a probability greater than ½. http://www.cut-the-knot.org/do_you_know/index.shtmlRead more.
Paleolithic people in central Europe recorded the first numbers on bones.Read more.
There are 2, 598, 960 five-card hands possible in a 52-card deck of cards. http://www.jayp.net/trivia/science1.htmRead more.
China Single File
If the population of China walked past you in single file, the line would never end because of the rateRead more.
Christopher Wren, the architect of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, earned a degree in mathematics.Read more.
Actress Danica McKellar (Winnie Cooper from The Wonder Years) was a math major. She now advocates math education through bestsellers like MathRead more.
Date and Time
At 12:34 on May 6, 1978, there was a peculiar lining up of dates and hours that will not happenRead more.
San Antonio Spurs center David Robinson received a BS in mathematics from the United States Naval Academy.Read more.
Florence Nightingale was a pioneer in professional nursing. She was the first person in the English-speaking world to apply statisticsRead more.
Four is the only number with the same amount of letters as its actual value.Read more.
Frank Ryan, star quarterback for the Cleveland Browns in the sixties, received his degree in mathematics. He also received aRead more.
“Googol” is the mathematical term for a 1 followed by a hundred zero’s. The term was coined by Milton Sirotta,Read more.
Greeks began to use written numerals in about 450 BC.Read more.
In 1908, Hardy and Weinberg present a law describing how the proportions of dominant and recessive genetic traits would beRead more.
Former Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun received a degree in mathematics from Harvard.Read more.
The Incas and certain other pre Columbian tribes in Peru developed the Decimal System hundreds of years before it wasRead more.
J. P. Morgan
J. P. Morgan, banking, steel, and railroad tycoon, majored in mathematics.Read more.
A ‘jiffy’ is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.Read more.
From number 0 to 1000, the letter ‘A’ only appears in 1000 (one thousand).Read more.
Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland, majored in mathematics.Read more.
Basketball player Michael Jordan started out as a math major but switched majors his Jr. Year.Read more.
New York Hair
At any given time in New York there live at least two people with the same number of hairs. http://www.cut-the-knot.org/do_you_know/index.shtmlRead more.
If your eyes are six feet above the surface of the ocean, the horizon will be about three statute milesRead more.
111, 111, 111 x 111, 111, 111 = 12, 345, 678, 987, 654, 321, which is a palindrome (read theRead more.
Pattern of an Odd Number
Putting an odd number of zeros between the following numbers below to form a new number, eleven is a factorRead more.
Pi = 3.14159 26535 89793 23846 26433 83279 50288 41971 69399 37510 58209 74944 59230 78164 06286 20899 86280 34825Read more.
Babylonians solved the first quadratic equation in about 1950 BC.Read more.
Gaurav Rajav, a 15-year old Virginia high school student, recited 8, 784 digits of Pi — the non-repeating and non-terminatingRead more.
Assuming Rudolph was in front, there are 40320 ways to arrange the other eight reindeer. http://www.jayp.net/trivia/science1.htmRead more.
Ruler vs. Compass
Everything you can do with a ruler and compass you can do with the compass alone. http://www.cut-the-knot.org/do_you_know/index.shtmlRead more.
Teri Hatcher (Lois Lane on “Lois and Clark”) was a mathematics and engineering major at DeAnza Junior College.Read more.
Virginia Wade, Wimbledon champion, received a B.S. in Mathematics and Physics from Sussex.Read more.
The number zero was invented independently in India and by the Maya. In India a decimal system was used, likeRead more.