Math Flash! A New Look at an Old Problem
People have been solving quadratic equations for thousands of years, with millions (or perhaps even billions) of people using a memorized — but not necessarily understood — formula. Join Po-Shen Loh, social entrepreneur, Carnegie Mellon math professor, and national coach of the USA International Mathematical Olympiad team, as he shares a simple alternative to rote memorization. As recently described in The New York Times, a sequence of simple steps, components of which have been known for hundreds (or even thousands) of years, can be combined in a retrospectively obvious way, bringing clarity and beauty to the solution of these age-old problems.
Read about Po-Shen Loh's mathematical breakthrough in The New York Times.
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