# Xah Math Blog Archive 2010-06 to 2010-10

TRON Light Cycle Optimal Strategy

Added a new section to bottom of: The Problems of Traditional Math Notation.

Mathematician Marijke Van Gans died (1955 to 2009)

Gravity simulator (requires Adobe Flash). Source www.nowykurier.com

See also: Great Math Software.

For more info and where to buy, see: Geometric Pattern on Sphere and Torus.

Detexify is a tool that lets you draw a math symbol and it shows you the code for LaTeX. The tool is created by Daniel Kirsch. At http://detexify.kirelabs.org/classify.html.

See also: Math Symbols in Unicode.

If you are a emacs user, you can set your emacs up so that any frequently used symbols can be entered by a single shortcut key, or a abbreviation. See: Emacs and Unicode Tips.

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Ian Stewart has a new book out.

- Professor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities By Ian Stewart. Buy at amazon

Read 1/3 of his Flatterland Buy at amazon in ≈2002.

See also: FLATLAND: A Romance of Many Dimensions, and Flatland: A Introduction (by Xah Lee) for many subsequent books and films on Flatland. It is one of my favorite book, say, in top 5, of all books in my life.

Thanks to R Michael Underwood for the tip.

Mathematicians Richard Palais and Hermann Karcher, have released a new version of their math visualization software, the 3DXM. The main change is that it now has button-like interface in place of menus, where each button is a icon of the surface or math subject. This makes it much more attractive, and easier to use. Check it out.

Download at 3DXM.

Note: the new version is for Mac only. For Windows or Linux users, there's always the Java version at the same download location. Though, the Java version has only some 50% of surfaces or other math objects.

A fantastic java applet to draw Voronoi diagram interactively. Very nice.

Voro Glide @ www.pi6.fernuni-hagen.de…

See also: Great Math Software.

Math Prizes and Nobel Ignobility. (commentary)

My friend, Richard Palais, co-authored with his son Robert Palais a new book Differential Equations, Mechanics, and Computation. I've been hired to help them update the site. The result is this: ode-math.com. Half of the book is free in PDF files. Also, lots of java applets and animation files are coming.

You can buy the book at Amazon: Buy at amazon. However, for some reason, Amazon doesn't have extra copies.

Celtic Knots, Truchet tiles, Combinatorial Patterns.

Discovered that there are quite a lot articles in remembrance of Martin Gardner. See bottom of: Martin Gardner (1914 to 2010).