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Einstein failing a math exam is a myth. He failed the entrance exam to Zurich Polytechnic because he did poorly on botany, zoology and language sections.

Did Einstein really fail math? In 1905, Theodore Roosevelt was inaugurated as the 26th president of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt married Eleanor and the World Series matched the New York Giants against the Philadelphia Athletics. And, for four glorious months, Albert Einstein authored four papers that changed our understanding of the way the …

Einstein failing a math exam is a myth. He failed the entrance exam to Zurich Polytechnic because he did poorly on botany, zoology and language sections. Read More »

The idea of black holes was first proposed in 1783 by John Michell, calling them “dark stars” and proposing a method to detect them by looking for star systems that showed the gravitational effects of two stars, but only one star was visible, which is indeed how scientists look for them today

The forgotten genius who discovered black holes over 200 years ago Centuries before black holes became accepted science, a fat little man in 1780s Yorkshire imagined stars so massive that even light could not escape. He predicted black holes. This is the incredible story of John Michell and his “dark stars.” The Fat Little Country …

The idea of black holes was first proposed in 1783 by John Michell, calling them “dark stars” and proposing a method to detect them by looking for star systems that showed the gravitational effects of two stars, but only one star was visible, which is indeed how scientists look for them today Read More »

When NASA used electronic computers for the first time – to calculate John Glenn’s orbit around Earth – officials called on Katherine Johnson to verify the computer’s numbers; Glenn had asked for her specifically and had refused to fly unless Johnson verified the calculations.

Katherine Johnson: Hidden Figures Nasa mathematician dies at 101 Reuters Pioneering African-American Nasa mathematician Katherine Johnson has died at the age of 101. Nasa announced her death on Twitter, saying it was celebrating her life and honouring “her legacy of excellence that broke down racial and social barriers”. Ms Johnson calculated rocket trajectories and Earth …

When NASA used electronic computers for the first time – to calculate John Glenn’s orbit around Earth – officials called on Katherine Johnson to verify the computer’s numbers; Glenn had asked for her specifically and had refused to fly unless Johnson verified the calculations. Read More »

How Mister Rogers Used King Friday to Make Friday the 13th Less Scary for Kids. Friday the 13th was considered to be the King’s birthday. Whenever the 13th fell on a Friday, during the years that the show was in production, the show staff would celebrate with a birthday cake.

How Mister Rogers Used King Friday to Make Friday the 13th Less Scary for Kids King Friday XIII, son of King Charming Thursday XII and Queen Cinderella Monday, is an avid arts lover, a talented whistler, and a former pole vaulter. He reigns over Calendarland with lots of pomp and poise, and he’s usually correct. …

How Mister Rogers Used King Friday to Make Friday the 13th Less Scary for Kids. Friday the 13th was considered to be the King’s birthday. Whenever the 13th fell on a Friday, during the years that the show was in production, the show staff would celebrate with a birthday cake. Read More »

Futurama writer Ken Keeler wrote and proved a completely new mathematical theorem just for a single episode, called the Futurama Theorem. It is the first known theorem to be created for the sole purpose of entertainment in a TV show.

Futurama theorem The Futurama theorem is a real-life mathematical theorem invented by Futurama writer Ken Keeler (who holds a PhD in applied mathematics), purely for use in the Season 6 episode “The Prisoner of Benda”. It is the first known theorem to be created for the sole purpose of entertainment in a TV show, and, …

Futurama writer Ken Keeler wrote and proved a completely new mathematical theorem just for a single episode, called the Futurama Theorem. It is the first known theorem to be created for the sole purpose of entertainment in a TV show. Read More »

At 24 years old, Isaac Newton was sent home from school to avoid the bubonic plague. During this time, he invented calculus.

It’s also the reason Sir Isaac Newton and other innovators were prompted to create some of the most dreaded mathematical equations that we know today. To understand the need Newton felt for more precise mathematics, you first need a brief understanding of what math existed before he came along and changed everything. It is worth …

At 24 years old, Isaac Newton was sent home from school to avoid the bubonic plague. During this time, he invented calculus. Read More »

Rob Lowe is uncredited in the film Tommy Boy because he was contractually obligated to another movie at the time, Steven King’s The Stand. The reason he filmed Tommy Boy was due to his friendship with Chris Farley.

Tommy Boy is Almost 20: Here Are 20 Fun Facts About the Film The cinematic classic Tommy Boy hit theaters on March 31, 1995. Do the math and that mean the timeless Chris Farley (RIP)/David Spade road trip comedy is just about — yes you guessed it — 20 years old. Twenty is a nice …

Rob Lowe is uncredited in the film Tommy Boy because he was contractually obligated to another movie at the time, Steven King’s The Stand. The reason he filmed Tommy Boy was due to his friendship with Chris Farley. Read More »