For many students, the idea of ‘math‘ brings about some less than savory feelings. Dislike, anxiety, dread, etc etc. But as many teachers know, math can be fun too, and it has many practical applications in daily life. Just for fun, the handy infographic below outlines 10 lesser known facts about math. Share them with your students or just add them to your arsenal of fun facts to share with others at cocktail parties! Happy Wednesday!
10 Lesser Known Facts About Math
- 0.999… is equal to 1!
- A palindrome number is one that reads the same backwards and forwards
- Americans call mathematics (maths) in the singular form, math, arguing that ‘mathematics’ functions as a singular noun
- Four is the only number in the english language with the same number of letters as the number itself
- The number 5 is pronounced as ‘ha’ in the Thai lanugage. 555 is also used by some as slang for “Ha, Ha, Ha”
- Some math problems are designed to be confounding
- Evariste Galois invented an entirely new branch of math called group theory when he was in his teens
- The easiest way to remember the value of Pi is to count the number of letters in each word in “May I have a large container of coffee’
- The equal sign was invented by an English mathematician in 1557
- There are shapes of constant width other than the circle.