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Why pursue a PhD

Philip Guo provides three practical reasons on why it's worth pursuing a PhD. Worth considering if you're hemming and hawing about graduate school. Then again,…

Director of Basketball Analytics. Must know Excel

When you hear about sports analytics in the news or when announcers talk about it during a game, it seems like really advanced stuff is…

Teaching math through percussive dance

Malke Rosenfeld uses percussive dance to teach math to her elementary students. The program is called Math in Your Feet. Through learning dance patterns, students…

A Truncated Story of Infinity

A Truncated Story of Infinity, a short film by Paul Trillo, explores the infinite possibilities in the mundane and everyday — "cosmic doppelgangers." So many…

Out, liar.

By Ben Shabad, full-time graduate student and part-time cartoon-drawing person.…

Mathematically correct bagel

I don't know about you, but I like my bagel as two roughly cut, congruent linked halves. I usually use a fork, aluminum foil, and…

Too many numbers

Numbers is a short film by Robert Hloz where some people see numbers appear above others' heads. What the numbers are varies by the person…

Normal vs. paranormal distributions

By Matthew Freeman. This is important. …

Duck vs. rabbit plot

Not sure where this is from, but feel that tingle in the back of your head? That's the feeling of your mind blowing up.…

Modern Love

Based on a column by Tim McEown, the animated video Modern Love by Freddy Arenas elegantly illustrates a relationship. [via Waxy]…

Mathematical cake slice

Sir Francis Galton, creator of the concept of correlation and regression toward the mean, wrote a letter to the editor of Nature in 1906 on…

Truth Facts comic

I'm not sure how I just came across this now, but the Truth Facts comic by New Creations is right up my alley. It's essentially…

Data grab bag

— Using Dates and Times in R. — Jerzy Wieczorek describes his first semester as a stat PhD student. — Apparently there's a stochastic process…

Religion and life expectancy

The person in this cartoon nailed it. I'm going to do the same starting this weekend, and I recommend that you do too, if you…

FlowingData Gift Guide 2013

The holiday season came out of nowhere this year. Everyone put their lights up over the weekend while I'm stuck trying to figure out what…

Bart Simpson and the cone of ignorance

Nice. See also Lisa Simpson on the curve of knowledge. [via reddit]…

Infographic satire

SMBC pokes fun at big "informational" graphics with a self-referencing graphic that displays 6 reasons why said graphic is useful. It's not so much the…

How you know you’re in an upscale neighborhood

By way of reddit, analog traces, or as they're more commonly known: dirt.…

Pie charts about pies with pies

Josh Sundquist and Hannah Hart made a video about pies, the edible variety with the chart made with the edible. [Thanks, Lee]…

Teacher forces student to do math to unlock phone

The title caption reads: "A classmate was caught using his phone in maths. The teacher took his phone and set a passcode. He gave him…

The Boy Who Loved Math

The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul ErdÅ‘s, written by Deborah Heiligman and illustrated by LeUyen Pham, is a kids' book on…

Math and bad drawings

Ben Orlin likes math and teaching. He's bad at drawing. He has a blog on math and teaching with bad drawings. This blog is about…