What’s hot and what’s not, Issue 19

Fashion is fleeting, Chalkdust regulars are not.


Maths is a fickle world. Stay à la mode with our guide to the latest trends.

HOT Darts

Is this the world’s most mathematical sport? Lightning-fast arithmetic, probabilistic analysis and complex trajectories. You can’t beat a bit of bully!

Bully doll original image: Humor Blog, CC BY 2.0

NOT Projectile motion problems

Forget SUVAT—turns out all we need to solve mechanics problems is an omelette and doner kebab.

HOT AI generated content

‘The Unknown’ is a villain for the ages. We tried to get ChatGPT to write this column, but it was too good.

The Unknown

Dumaker, CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

NOT Trusting AI content

Ask ChatGPT about Chalkdust for some fabricated lore.

HOT Getting mathematical opinions from podcasts

Gary Lineker currently recruiting one centrist pure mathematician and one centrist applied mathematician for another guaranteed hit.
The Rest is Mathematics

NOT Reading papers to form opinions

I can’t do that on my journey to work.

HOT Using spreadsheets to log your favourite TV show

Be it House of Games prizes or Death in Paradise murder weapons, public spreadsheets have the data.

NOT Using spreadsheets to rank your first dates

No one wants to know they’re row 301, mate.

HOT The new Dear Dirichlet mug!

Dear Dirichlet mug

HOT Finding an infinite game of beggar my neighbour

Another mathematical win for independent researchers!

NOT Spending an infinite amount of time playing beggar my neighbour

Great Expectations would have been much less interesting.

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