Problem Solving

In the course “Effective Thinking Through Mathematics“, Prof. Michael Starbird uses puzzles to teach his students, the methodology of solving problems. I think, we can use the same approach in our daily lives to solve problems or to develop new ideas. Lets take a simple maze puzzle and see what we can learn by solving them. Try to solve this puzzle before going forward. How did…

The Trolley Problem

Here is the original trolley problem, created by British philosopher Philippa Foot in 1967. A driver of a runaway tam sees five people ahead on the track. He can either allow the tram to stay on the main track, thereby killing them all ( for an unstated reason, they are unable to get off the…

Map Projections

Map projection is the technique to portray round Earth on the flat surface. Let’s look at the technique and it’s significance. Here is the map as we normally see it. Look at the map for few seconds. Now, What’s the size of Africa? Is the size of Africa true in relation to the size of other countries in…