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Quarter the Cross

At the end of last year, the MTBoS (Math(s) Twitter Blog-o-Sphere) introduced me to this very interesting task: you have a cross made of four equal squares, and you are supposed to colour in exactly 1/4 of the cross and justify why you know it’s a quarter. I call it “Quarter the Cross”.

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Jack Frost’s centre

On the weekend I watched the film “Rise of the Guardians” by Dreamworks Pictures, and it is a very enjoyable film. In it, Jack Frost is enlisted by the Man in the Moon to join the Guardians of Childhood–who already have Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Sandman and the Tooth Fairy in their ranks–and […]

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Kindy is awesome

My younger daughter started kindy last week, and I got to actually be there for the beginning of her first day. It was one of those moments only a parent can understand as I realised with both excitement and sadness that my little baby was not a baby any more.
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The Road to Royalty

Last week, I met His Royal Highness Edward the Duke of Kent. I’d like to tell you the story of how this came about.
His Royal Higness was in Adelaide because he is the patron of the Royal Institution of Australia and was presenting an award to a scientist there. But it just so happened that […]

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The Pied Mathematician of Hamelin

Have you ever been in a situation and felt like you were reliving a scene from a book or movie? Well it happened to me the other day when I went to visit my daughter’s school. I felt exactly like I was the piper in the Pied Piper of Hamelin, because an ever-growing crowd of […]

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