It’s a holiday here in the States, so this will be a lighter post. I know there has been some big news (or at least a lot of attention) over a likely discovery of the Higgs Boson, but that can wait a bit.
Those still smarting from the horribly inept European Commission ad to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education for girls should take some solace in the release yesterday of Science Fair, an album from Spare the Rock Records I noticed via Twitter last month. Net proceeds will go to the science education programs at Girls Inc. Here’s the video for the first track from the album, a Mates of State cover of the Guided By Voices tune “I Am A Scientist”.
The album is available via Amazon, and hopefully at a retailer near you.
There is a geometry movie coming soon to DVD. It’s Sphereland, the sequel to the 2007 short film Flatland. The films are based on the books by Edwin Abbott (Flatland) and Dionys Burger (Sphereland). While separated by 60 years, the two books examine forms of Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometry in the form of social satire. I’m a mark for these books from the time I was introduced to Flatland in high school, so your mileage may vary.
The film premieres later this month at this year’s Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teachers. Both films have top-shelf voice talent: Martin Sheen, Michael York, Kristen Bell, Danica McKellar (who has a geometry book coming out in August). Here’s a trailer for Sphereland:
For more math in movies, check out this website, which is how I discovered Flatland.