# math

## Why does ‘X’ Mark the Unknown?

For centuries we have associated the letter ‘X’ with ‘something’ that is unknown – a ‘thing’ that cannot be named because it has not yet been discovered. The letter ‘X’ has leaked from its origin of representing an unknown quantity in mathematical equations to making shows, movies, and other pop cultural things sound cool […]

## Coffee House Readings #5:

The Mathematics of Love 2

How much can math tell us about love? Turns out, quite a bit. Love is full of patterns, as life itself. And math is the science to understand these patterns. In her TED Book, Hannah Fry applies mathematical concepts to human relationships in a playful manner, and by doing so […]

## Why your math class sucks!

If Dan Meyers from Mountain View, California, had appeared in a math class at the Thusnelda Gymnasium in Cologne-Deutz in early September 2002, my life would have probably taken a whole other turn – for the better. But he didn’t. And so I am sitting here, hating math for more […]

## The Endless Possibilities Behind “What If” Questions 5

What if….we asked more “What if” questions? Technicians, programmers and science lovers are most likely to know of him and are great fans of his work: Randall Munroe. Munroe, a web cartoonist and an extremely smart science know-it-all, runs a famous online comic called xkcd. But he might be even […]