Mathematical Musings of Mr.K. F. Kuhn

Mathematics is the ultimate game, where the players get to make up their own rules, with the only limitation being that the rules must be applied consistently.

Mathematics is the ultimate tool for understanding the world around us. Any thing that we can accurately describe with numbers we can understand through the relationships between those numbers.

Many of us were mislead during our educations to feel that mathematics means memorizing somebody else's rules, and that those rules limit our appreciation of the world around us. I hope that these musings help to dispel that misunderstanding. I hope that this helps people see that mathematics is NOT just a "left-brained" process of memorizing steps. Mathematics is a way of enhancing understanding of the world around you. Mathematics is a creative process requiring all forms of understanding including pattern recognition, visualizing, communication, and logical reasoning.
The following is not "the truth", the rules that must be memorized. It is conjectures about what we can think, what we can know, and what we can understand.


Mathematics the Game:

Pascal's Triangle

Is it possible to make Pascal's Triangle, fill a plane? See if you can beat the attempt.

Searching for Primes

Euclid's ancient proof that the list of primes must be infinite may be generalized into a method for searching for new primes. Can you develop this idea further?

The Golden Mean

The golden mean can be found using attractor methods. This show some interesting properties for number theory.

Trisecting the Angle

Mathematicians say it can't be done. It looks like it can! What is the error?

Approximating Pi

Why does this approximation technique show the value of pi to be four?

Goldbach's Conjecture (coming soon!) Goldbach's Conjecture has never been proven. Here are some things I learned while searching for a solution. One of these ideas might help you find a solution.


Mathematics the Tool:

Radiation

 

Radiation has nonlinear qualities. This may be observed in the current output of various types of detectors. (I observed it in the current of a neutron detector.) As a result our estimates of the impact of low level radiation may have significant errors.

The Physical Constants

A simple exercise with the fundamental constants of physics has some unusual implications about the universe itself. A quick approximation with a few basic concepts from physics may tell us why.

The Lorentz Transformation (Relativity)

The Lorentz transformation can be easily shown to fit into a wave equation. Is this mathematically trivial or physically significant? You decide. Does this demonstrate wave-particle duality?

Gedanken

 

Einstein used gedanken (thought) experiments based in relativity to challenge quantum theory. Can quantum gedanken experiments challenge the limits of relativistic theory? Do you think these challenges are valid?

Are Cars Waves? (Quantum)

Wave equations can be utilized to analyze traffic flow.

The Economy

 

Did the rich really get richer and the poor really get poorer? Use IRS reported incomes to see.

Engineers: The distribution of incomes resembles a low pass filter. Look to see if you can figure out what causes the corner income. Also try to determine why the roll-off drops at higher incomes.

Indirect Addressing

I created real-time software to read, filter and scale analog signals, and control an I/O panel menu using an indirectly addressed data structure approach. Many beginning programmers find indirect addressing difficult. Here's an overview.

Suggested Readings & Links

Resume of the Author

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