Math Week Fun Fact #5 – Googol is a real thing

Yes, I didn’t have a typo. Googol is a real thing. A real number, actually. It’s a 1 followed by 100 zeros which reflect the infinite amount of search on the internet. The term was invented by Milton Sirotta, the 9-year nephew of mathematician Edward...

Math Week Fun Fact #2 – A Jiffy is a Real Thing

Have you ever heard someone say, “I’ll be there in a jiffy?” It’s not a figure of speech. A jiffy is a real unit of time – 1/100th of a second to be precise. The earliest technical usage was in the late 19th century by Gilbert Newton...

Math Week Fun Fact #1 – The Truth About Zero

The number zero does not have its own Roman numeral, but the word nulla (the Latin word meaning “none”) was used by medieval scholars in lieu of 0. Dionysius Exiguus was known to use nulla alongside Roman numerals in 525 AD. Dividing by zero can also get...

National Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

Part of National Engineers Week, Feb 21 is Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. More women are needed in engineering and all STEM fields. Only 13% of engineers are women Only 26% of computer scientists are women Top 10 Engineering Degrees Female 2016-2017 Mechanical...

National Engineering Week: Aerospace Engineer

Aerospace engineers work on airplanes, spacecraft, satellites, and even missiles. They need advanced training in mathematics and physics. Aerospace engineering is one of the most challenging engineering fields. In addition to designing and engineering aircraft,...