Blog Post #52: Beautiful Little Bird

Dear Readers,

A beautiful little bird (painted by Jagoda, a talented friend of mine) tells me that the fun brainteaser in this blog post could well keep many people and their friends entertained and thinking for a fair wee while! Inspired by today’s date (15.2.19), your challenge is to find the maximum number of consecutive positive whole numbers which, when all added together, produce a total sum of exactly 15219.

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Blog Post #51: Forever Young

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This particular blog post is dedicated not only to my youngest sister (whose birthday is coming the day after tomorrow), but also to Jan & Jenny (friends I’ve met through my new school), and to Isabelle, one of my talented Maths students who also has a flair for Art. Most of all, this post is dedicated to Ronald Gallacher, a really kind friend in Scotland whom I first met way back before and during our teens at high school in Dundee. Continue reading “Blog Post #51: Forever Young”

Blog Post #48: Maths Enrichment and Fun from Cambridge

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I am currently enjoying preparing a “Magic Maths” show packed with super-fun puzzles for my colleagues and students at Musica Mundi School, Waterloo. For inspirational sources of material, I use lots of good things from what is still beautiful in the world around us. Also, I reflect on all that I have read and learned from very fine books linked to the Cambridge Maths courses that my students are following. Continue reading “Blog Post #48: Maths Enrichment and Fun from Cambridge”

Blog Post #47: Magical Music

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It’s about 2 years and 3 months since I was a 2x3x3x3-year-old, and tomorrow my little brother also bids farewell to that age, as he then turns 55–but a very youthful one! Our phone conversations cover lots of topics of mutual interest, including our love of music. I will now have frequent fresh musical news to share, thanks to my new job as the Mathematics teacher for the primary, middle and high school students in Musica Mundi School, a stunningly beautiful music school in Waterloo.

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Blog Post #46: Chess Gems Galore from Thinkers Publishing!

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The rapidly-growing collection of high-quality chess books from Thinkers Publishing (thinkerspublishing.com) includes very new works by International Grandmasters Alexey Dreev, Romain Edouard, Ivan Salgado Lopez, Daniel Fernandez and others, writing about diverse topics such as middlegame play, calculation training, gambit openings, and the combative yet solid and trustworthy Caro-Kann Defence. Continue reading “Blog Post #46: Chess Gems Galore from Thinkers Publishing!”