If you are trying to decide which language to learn and are considering Python or PHP, probably the biggest challenge in picking a language is weighing the difficulty of the language vs. the value it brings you as an employee. For those of you whom don’t know what either is here’s a...

## Sir Isaac Newton’s Scientific Inventions

posted by Brandon Wirtz

Sir Isaac Newton considered by many to be the most influential and greatest scientist who ever lived. Born December 25, 1642 he was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist, and theologian. Mostly known for his inventions that we all learn in school, the...

## The Math Of Trees As Observed By Da Vinci and Fibonacci

posted by Brandon Wirtz

I should sit around all day thinking of things which reporters will be impressed by that are common knowledge in science communities, so I can be famous with out having to do anything. NPR is running a story about how a French scientist has proven that the surface area of trees are a result of...

## How to Solve a Rubik’s Cube (Video)

posted by Brandon Wirtz

MIT Student demonstrates how to solve a Rubiks Cube with relative ease. In this demonstration the Rubik’s is a Microsoft branded cube. And no, you can’t just peel off the stickers, that’s cheating. The video takes about 3 minutes to start really showing you anything...

## Bessel Functions of the First Kind

posted by Brandon Wirtz

The chart below shows approximate values for some representative Bessel functions of the first kind. Values for higher-order Bessel functions can be computed by successive application of the recurrence formula starting with the values of J sub 0(x) and J sub 1...

## Algebraic Formulas: Equations of Common Curves

posted by Brandon Wirtz

These Algebraic Formulas for Equations of Common Curves are useful for identifying what type of equation will model a curve, or in identifying the type of function being graphed. Straight Lines: Circles: Ellipse: Parabolas: Hyperbolas: Catenary: ...