Friday, April 30, 2010

MAM Day 30: 0100 0010 0110 1001 0110 1110 0110 0001 0111 0010 0111 1001

Today is the last day of Math Awareness Month! :( It's been an incredible month! I've learned so much about the importance of math in everyday life and how integral (hehe) it is in everyone's lives. From my first few giddy days of planning out the topics and drawing pandas, to the middle of the month where I struggled to stay on schedule, to some of my favorite posts: counting, math and language, relative size, taxes, music and math, math in nature, and finally optimization of space, I've really enjoyed this month-long blogging project. I personally have learned quite a lot about different topics and could do much more research on some of them. If you've checked in on my blog at all this month, I hope you learned something or were at least amused at my enthusiam of math. My goal for the month was to blog for every day and link it to how it affects most everyone in one way or another. To show just one person that there is no escaping math, math runs our lives and it doesn't get the credit it should. Because the bottom line is - Math Rules!

For my last post of the month, I figured why not go back to the basics? As the age of technology continues to reign, changing the way we communicate, educate, and live life, the human race has become incredibly dependent on our computers, networks, and electronics. However, the information age wouldn't be possible without math and the binary language. For those of you who have never heard of binary this is a crash course, 60 second video explaining binary. This website also explains "In a more general sense, binary systems can be anything which offers only two options, not necessarily limited to numerical systems. In the case of electronic switches, for example, the binary system consists of current-no current. A true-false exam is another example of a binary system. Yes-no questions are also binary in nature." If you'll remember back to Greg Tang's workshop, binary is also known as base two.

While binary runs our most advanced tools today, binary was the primary math language for Australian aboriginal people and cultures and groups of people who relied on smoke or drum messages. Morse code is a binary language. The utter simplicity of binary is what led to the efficiency of the computer. The digital world relies on the simplest of math languages! Anything that relies on a digital processor, computers, servers, digital watches, phones, video games, TVs, digital alarm clocks, computers that track car maintenence, even digital refrigerators and other appliances all are running on the binary language. In almost every computer built since the 1950s, the binary system has advanced digital computer capabilities to an incredible degree by simplifiying information processing.

A special message from me:

So there we have it! This is the last official Math Awareness Month blog post. If you have a second, check out the MAM survey so I can get feedback on the month. I'll continue updating about volunteering with Math Rules! and with MathSTARS with the occasional math related topic of interest. Thanks for checking in on my blog!

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