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GK. Mythematics

Michael Huber discusses the mathematics of the Twelve Labors of Hercules!




GI. Mrs Perkins’ Electric Quilt

Paul Nahin discusses his fabulous new book “Mrs Perkins Electric Quilt“, mosquitos, falling through the Earth, whether mathematics is “real” and much more!



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GF. More Clock Crazies

Hmm. Somehow Stephen Morris pulls off that rarest of Math Factor tricks– leaving Kyle and Chaim at a loss for words, with his sneaky clock puzzle.


GE. Clock Confusion Redux

Kyle and Chaim get into trouble with their wives and Mathfactor correspondent, Stephen Morris, discusses the Kate Bush Conjecture and And The Clocks Struck Thirteen  


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GC. Another Buncha Prisoners

Man, what is it with puzzlers and prisoners? Jeff Yoak lines ’em up and the stakes are high in this week’s puzzle. 

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GB. Hat Strategy

How can three people, each required to guess the color of hat on their head, strategize and maximize the chances they’ll all be right?


GA. Stacking the Chips

Jeff Yoak discusses the mathematical – and non-mathematical – nature of poker. Sitting at the table led him to wonder: Which numbers, precisely, are the sum of consecutive integers, and in how many ways?


FZ. Find the Coin!

The Math Factor podcast catches up with Jeff Yoak, an author on the Math Factor website, to discuss his fantastic Find-the-Gold-Coin puzzle.


FV. Singmastery!

David Singmaster, Puzzler Extraordinaire, early master of the Rubik’s Cube, poser of the Singmaster Conjecture, etc, etc, engages in some wordplay.

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FT. Sum and Double, Double and Sum

Rob Fathauer discusses the ins and outs of the mathematical toy business, and we ask: For which numbers is the sum of digits the same as the sum of digits of twice the number. For example:

The sum of the digits of 351 is 9 and the sum of the digits of 2 x 351 = 702 is also 9.

1) If a number has this property, can we always rearrange its digits and obtain another number with this property (513, 135, etc all have it)

2) Which powers of 2 have this property?

3) And most of all, can you give a simple characterization of the numbers with this property, in terms of just the digits themselves?


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