
Alan Boyle
Awardwinning science writer, creator of Cosmic Log, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Check out "About Alan Boyle" for more fun facts.
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Celebrate Pi Day with 31.4 trillion digits
What’s the best way to celebrate Pi Day? That’s the geeky holiday that takes place on 3/14 … in other words, today. For some, it’s a day for baking geeky pies, or getting a $3.14 deal on slices of pizza. … Continue reading
This Pi Day, remember the reason for the season
Maybe it’s time to put the pi back in Pi Day. I remember a time when 3/14 really stood for something: namely, the calendar date that came closest to the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Yes, I’m … Continue reading
Pi Day mashes up math and munchies
Pi Day plays off the fact that March 14 – 3/14 – is a numerical pun on math’s bestknown irrational number: pi, or 3.14. But there’s nothing irrational about punning pi, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, with pastry … Continue reading
Scientists work on formula for a cup of coffee
One coffee drinker’s perfect brew may be another drinker’s battery acid, but mathematicians say they’re zeroing in on the equations behind the taste of drip coffee. The University of Limerick’s Kevin Moroney and his colleagues lay out the state of the … Continue reading
Powerball math mistake fires up the Internet
The math behind this week’s upcoming $1.4 billion Powerball drawing boggles the mind, but at least a few minds were boggled beyond the bounds of arithmetic. One photo posted to Facebook and Instagram claimed falsely that if the Powerball pot – … Continue reading