Fold it right there: The mathematical art of paper folding

The 2007 CSAIL puzzle created by Erik and Martin Demaine. Reproduced with permission. 

By Malgosia Ip, Mathematics and Statistics Editor “I really don’t think it’s possible,” I say again, unfolding the rumpled sheet of paper. I have been trying to solve one of Erik Demaine’s folding puzzles for a few hours now. Some of the creases have been folded so many times that the paper is starting to […]

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Eight Ways Statistics Canada Goes Beyond the Census

By Mika McKinnon, Math & Statistics Editor Canadians love numbers. We mourned the loss of the long-form census, and celebrated its return by filling it out in record-breaking numbers. But Statistics Canada does a lot more than just the census. Here are eight more ways numbers tell stories about life in Canada.   Spotting migration […]

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Poinsettias, Eggnog, and LEDs: 10 Statistics on Canadian Winter Holidays

By Mika McKinnon, Math and Statistics Editor The holiday season is here, social gatherings lighting up the long, dark, cold winter nights. Here’s how Canada celebrates it all — New Year’s Eve, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Bodhi Day, Guru Gobind Singh’s birthday, and Winter Solstice — by the numbers.   7,100,000 poinsettias Poinsettias are indoor potted plants […]

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Beyond the numbers: What goes into estimating bird populations?

By Auriel Fournier, Mathematics and Statistics Editor   Auriel Fournier with the first Sora of the 2014 field season. (Photo credit: Auriel Fournier)   Ecology often comes down to counting something and using those counts to answer a question. We count birds, we count offspring, we count individuals with diseases, and we count the parasites […]

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