Proofiness

When Stephen Colbert introduced the word truthiness on his show, he told us to trust our guts. That’s where the truth comes from, ladies and gentlemen: in the gut. Do you know that you have more nerve endings in your stomach than in your head? Look it up. Now somebody’s going to say, I did look that up, and it’s …

Math and the Drug War

The drug war is one issue that tends to be too hot for presidential politics. You won’t hear any questions at the debates about it, and you can be sure the candidates won’t be talking about it. But there’s a proposal in front of voters here in Washington State this November that has some pretty big implications for the drug …

Bill Clinton Teaches Arithmetic, Plus Exciting News on abc

Last week was a very big week for mathematics. First of all, Bill Clinton made arithmetic the centerpiece of his speech at the DNC. While it may not be new to let arithmetic affect policy, it has been absent from politics for some time. John Stewart hailed its return saying I never thought I’d say this but I have missed …

data tells stories if you present it right

Link: data tells stories if you present it right For those who doubt the power of graphs to tell a story, I just received this graph from Obama’s group, Organizing for America. This is a very nice example of how to highlight the information that you find important, and use data to back up a version of events. I’d be …