15 hours agoMember-onlyTwo shapes you cannot construct with a straight edge and compassIt took over two thousand years for algebra to expose the limitations of these classical math tools — Most of us have either painful or pleasurable memories of using a straight edge and compass at school. Mine were always in little tin boxes, and these simple instruments were our main connection with ancient Greek geometry. …Mathematics8 min readMathematics8 min read

6 days agoMember-onlyHow I Reversed My Diabetes Using Personalized Data ScienceThanks to modern technology and my data science skills, I’m no longer diabetic — Early in 2021, I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. After a blood test, my HbA1c — a measure of average blood sugar levels over the past three months — came back as 49 (6.6 in the US metric). In the UK, a HbA1C…Science9 min readScience9 min read

Nov 20Member-onlyWas This The Most Dangerous Toy Ever?In the 1950s you could buy your kid radioactive samples for fun — As a child, I remember reading the warning messages on plastic shopping bags: ‘This bag is not a toy, keep away from children’. I found this statement hilarious. Of course a plastic shopping bag is not a toy. At the time, I was too young to appreciate the reason for…Science4 min readScience4 min read

Nov 15Member-onlyThree Simple Things About Regression That Every Data Scientist Should KnowUnderstanding these three things will improve how you go about linear and generalized linear modeling — I’m more of a mathematician than a data scientist. I can’t bring myself to execute methods blindly, with no understanding of what’s going on under the hood. I have to get deep into the math to trust the results. That’s a good thing because it’s very easy nowadays to just…Data Science6 min readData Science6 min read

Nov 13Member-onlyWhen Math Functions Have Amazing Babies TogetherWhat beauty emerges in y = sin(1/x) — As a high school student, I went for an entrance interview for the mathematics program at a leading British university. At this interview I was asked to sketch the function y = sin(1/x). …Mathematics4 min readMathematics4 min read

Nov 12Member-onlyIs Your Mental Math Good Enough?Mental arithmetic is very important brain exercise, but how fit are you? — How good are you at working out a restaurant tip by yourself? Can you calculate a precise tip? Do you estimate really well? …Mathematics5 min readMathematics5 min read

Nov 8Member-onlyA Beautiful Problem in Classical MechanicsModeling a string winding around a pole — Classical mechanics represents a very beautiful and elegant way of expressing real life movement using mathematics. …Science5 min readScience5 min read

Nov 7Member-onlyFive Great Programming and Data Science MemesGreat memes describe common experiences and feelings, and it’s no different with Programming and Data Science — We all love memes because they capture in a single image a commonly occurring experience or a feeling of joy, frustration or pride that resonates with many of us. Programmers more than pull their weight in creating awesome memes for us to draw upon to express our happiness at a…Data Science5 min readData Science5 min read

Nov 4Member-onlyDALL-E: OpenAI’s New Intelligent Image Generator is Now in Open BetaGet the precise image you want using the new intelligent image generator DALL-E — If you are one of these people that struggles to find the right image for your article, or whatever else you are working on, then you will find the new intelligent image generator DALL-E from OpenAI a very exciting development. The image generator receives a prompt from a user and…Data Science3 min readData Science3 min read

Nov 3Member-onlyTalking Frogs or Talking Toads?Test your ability to handle logic with these fun problems — Here is an interesting set of logic problems I came across, clearly designed to test a person’s ability to handle combinations of logic. No mathematical knowledge is required to answer these questions — and that’s what I love about logic problems. I’ll outline each of the problems first, so you…Education3 min readEducation3 min read