No matter how you choose to place the red points on the circumference, the three blue points will lie on a straight line (shown in red). This works for any conic (which may be a circle, ellipse, parabola or hyperbola).

### Math Humor

Mathematics is sometimes weird… Read more: The hole truth of topology.

### “Stubborn” Number 33

It is conjectured that ** n** is a sum of 3 cubes if

**is a number that is not congruent to 4 or 5**

*n**mod*9. The number 33 enters this category, but for 64 years no solutions emerged — that is, whether the equation 33 = x³ + y³ + z³ has an integer solution. Continue reading ““Stubborn” Number 33″

### Sangaku: Semicircle inscribed in a right triangle

Find the radius* r* of the semicircle inscribed in the right triangle below:

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### Cauchy Product

### Smallest Prime Number Magic Square

American mathematician Harry L. Nelson won the challenge to produce a 3 × 3 magic square containing the smallest consecutive primes:

### Fibonacci Spiral Jigsaw Puzzle

Each piece of this puzzle is similar (the same shape at a different size). The placement of the pieces is based on the golden angle (≈137.5º), and results in a pattern frequently found in nature (phyllotaxis), for instance on sunflowers. The puzzle features 8 spirals in one direction, and 13 in the other. You can build your own Fibonacci spiral puzzle by following John Edmark’s tutorial.

### Circles and Golden Ratio

The last digit of the numbers in the Fibonacci Sequence are cyclic, they form a pattern that repeats after every 60th number: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 3, 1, 4, 5, 9, 4, 3, 7, 0, 7, 7, 4, 1, 5, 6, 1, 7, 8, 5, 3, 8, 1, 9, 0, 9, 9, 8, 7, 5, 2, 7, 9, 6, 5, 1, 6, 7, 3, 0, 3, 3, 6, 9, 5, 4, 9, 3, 2, 5, 7, 2, 9, 1.

### Illusive Number

If you can see the 8 in the middle of the 8 of diamonds you are a visual thinker rather than a verbal thinker.

### Math Ambigram

(by Peter Rowlett)

Solve this equation for x. Then rotate 180° and solve for x again.

The equation works either ways as 𝑥, 1, 8 and the unusual 5 have rotational symmetry. The same is true of +, =, and the horizontal line in a fraction.