Strange Science: Math and Probability

Weird math surface sculptureMath and probability are fascinating topics, which not everyone enjoy. But for those who are fans of these things, there are all sorts of unusual facts in these fields. This article lists ten of the most surprising math facts.

Of them, the Birthday Paradox was a familiar one, though we’re still not sure how it works. It would make sense that if you have 367 people in a room, at least two of them would have the same birthday. But if you have only 23 people in a room, there’s a 50% chance that two of them will share a birthday! (Interestingly, though, co-editor Dawn works in an office with a total of 14 people, and there are three sets of “birthday twins” in her office, all in July and August!)

But the idea that there are different levels or sizes of infinity is pretty mind blowing for someone who is not a mathematician. We’d always thought that infinity was just uncountable. It seems that in reality, it’s much more than that!

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