July 21, 2012 |
Speaking to a room full of bridge players, Walter Mitchell, the president of District 4 of the American Contract Bridge League, boomed: "This is not your grandmother's game anymore, right?" One of the players called back to him, "Yeah, it is. " Mitchell glanced toward the arguing audience member. All of the players he was addressing as they sat poised to start a 21/2-hour session of intent concentration on cards were between 6 and 18. So he revised his point. "It's still your grandmother's game," he said.
June 29, 2012 |
Faculty and students of St. William's School, in Lawncrest, haven't had much to cheer about lately. The Archdiocese decided to close the small school and send its pupils to St. Cecilia's, in Fox Chase. But a ray of sunshine lit up flagging spirits this spring when a shy 10-year-old girl named Josephine Nguyen won first-place honors out of 1.4 million students who competed in the nationwide "First in Math" competition. When it appeared that Josephine was going to prevail, a sign went up in front of the school, at Rising Sun Avenue and Devereaux Street, to let the world know, and faculty and fellow fourth-grade students had something to cheer.
June 4, 2012 |
I recently bumped into a cute story that seemed familiar. It suggested a switch to an 18-cent coin. I found it by way of Hacker News — for my money ($0), the best news aggregator for the tech set. It was a fairly typical blog post: a summary of a paper that ran the math and determined that the average number of coins one gets from a cash register is 4.7. But the addition of an 18-cent coin would drop that to 3.89. I like this sort of thing. It's quirky. It's math. It speaks to the stupidity of pennies.
April 15, 2012 |
Martin M. Beer, 88, a mathematics teacher at Haddonfield Memorial High School from 1953 to 1983 who also led cycling tours of Europe before and after his retirement, died of pulmonary hypertension Wednesday, April 4, at Kendal-Crosslands, the retirement community near Kennett Square. In 1964, Mr. Beer and his wife, Winifred, organized Haddon Cycle Tours, first for students and later for adults, a part-time business that they continued until 1992. He met his wife in 1950, at a Quaker meeting in Cambridge, Mass., while he was taking summer courses at Harvard University.
April 6, 2012 |
David de Gea. Joe Hart. Zac MacMath. OK, now before you go telling me to pump the brakes on the last goalkeeper, the Union variety does have something in common with the other two. All three are quietly debunking the myth that to be a successful goalkeeper you need to be older and more experienced. The days of the Peter Schmeichels, Oliver Kahns and Kasey Kellers of the soccer world are not a thing of the past in fact, quite the contrary. Older keepers are still proving that experience over the long haul is better between the posts.
March 26, 2012 |
Kathryn Hibbs Voit, 80, of Cheltenham, a math educator and advocate for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, died of the disease Thursday, March 8, at home. Mrs. Voit taught math at the Community College of Philadelphia for 20 years, until 2001. She was diagnosed in 1998 with ALS, a degenerative disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control muscle movement. Mrs. Voit continued to teach for three years, using a cane, then a walker, and finally a motorized wheelchair, her husband, Gerard A. Voit, said.
March 25, 2012 |
Harold's fork truck is rated for 4,000 pounds. He has to move and stack 10 skids (pallets) of paper, each weighing 1,500 pounds. What is the maximum number of skids he can lift at one time? If someone wants a job at Case Paper Co. , that person had better know how to calculate the answer. Even more basic: Can the person use a tape measure? "You'd be amazed at how many people can't read a ruler to one-sixteenth of an inch," said Lee Cohn, who directs production at the Philadelphia company.
March 20, 2012 |
WHEN THROWING around the we're-like-brothers designation, some guys are way too loosey-goosey. Not Jeffon Powell. He lives in South Philly with the family of teammate Will Williams, and for the last 2 weeks, he has been the happiest guy in the house. Powell, a 6-5, 200-pound junior forward, and Williams, a senior, deep-sub guard who's 10 inches shorter and weighs the same, are basketball players for Math, Civics & Sciences Charter, the defending PIAA Class A state champion. Will the Mighty Elephants return on Friday to Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center to defend their title?
March 16, 2012 |
An advocacy group campaigning nationally for changes to public pensions visited Philadelphia on Thursday promising to "expose" the city's top pension recipients - including one retiree with a $4.5 million estimated lifetime payout. But what the group really exposed was its own fuzzy math. The Chicago-based Taxpayers United of America released a list of local pension recipients, topped by former Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson, who it said would get an "estimated lifetime pension" of $4.5 million.
March 16, 2012 |
AN ADVOCACY GROUP campaigning nationally for public pension reform visited Philadelphia yesterday promising to "expose" the city's top pension recipients - including one retiree with a $4.5 million estimated lifetime payout. But what the group really exposed was its own fuzzy math. The Chicago-based Taxpayers United of America released a list of local pension recipients, topped by former Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson, who they said would get an "estimated lifetime pension" of $4.5 million.