A toppling domino can push over a larger domino but how much bigger can the next one be? One mathematician thinks he’s worked out the secret behind domino chain reactions. 
(via The Curious Mathematics of Domino Chain Reactions | MIT Technology Review)

A toppling domino can push over a larger domino but how much bigger can the next one be? One mathematician thinks he’s worked out the secret behind domino chain reactions.

(via The Curious Mathematics of Domino Chain Reactions | MIT Technology Review)

The financial stakes of the crossword are higher than a casual solver might realize. The New York Times, which runs the most prestigious American crossword series, pays $200 for a daily or $1,000 for a Sunday, which is certainly more generous than its competitors. However, The Times also makes piles of money from its puzzles. Standalone, online subscriptions to the crossword cost $40 a year ($20 for those who already subscribe to the dead-tree edition of the paper). In this 2010 interview, Will Shortz, the paper’s famed puzzle master, estimated the number of online-only subscribers at around 50,000, which translates to $2 million annually.
Solving The Broken Crossword Puzzle Economy | The Awl
For Father’s Day, remember when your favorite patriarch was a son, too. (via Toys That Bring Out the Boy in Dad - NYTimes.com)

For Father’s Day, remember when your favorite patriarch was a son, too. (via Toys That Bring Out the Boy in Dad - NYTimes.com)

The image of the ‘creative type’ is a myth. Jonah Lehrer on why anyone can innovate—and why a hot shower, a cold beer or a trip to your colleague’s desk might be the key to your next big idea. (via Jonah Lehrer on How to Be Creative - WSJ.com)

The image of the ‘creative type’ is a myth. Jonah Lehrer on why anyone can innovate—and why a hot shower, a cold beer or a trip to your colleague’s desk might be the key to your next big idea. (via Jonah Lehrer on How to Be Creative - WSJ.com)

The solution to this minimal-clue problem for Sudoku illustrates how important computer science has become to mathematics. (via OUPblog » Blog Archive » Sudoku and the Pace of Mathematics)

The solution to this minimal-clue problem for Sudoku illustrates how important computer science has become to mathematics. (via OUPblog » Blog Archive » Sudoku and the Pace of Mathematics)

Gerhard Mayer has repurposed thousands upon thousands of jigsaw tiles to create huge, abstract collages that fill entire gallery walls. (via Piecing together the puzzle: German artist constructs huge collages from thousands of jigsaw segments - Mirror Online)

Gerhard Mayer has repurposed thousands upon thousands of jigsaw tiles to create huge, abstract collages that fill entire gallery walls. (via Piecing together the puzzle: German artist constructs huge collages from thousands of jigsaw segments - Mirror Online)

IBM’s Watson, meet Dr. Fill: an artificial intelligence that is designed to solve crossword puzzles. (via Artificial intelligence: A match for angry words | The Economist)

IBM’s Watson, meet Dr. Fill: an artificial intelligence that is designed to solve crossword puzzles. (via Artificial intelligence: A match for angry words | The Economist)

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