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A personality quiz for fans of math and history: Are you a Newton or a Leibniz?

Enlarge / Arch-rivals Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz famously fought over the credit for inventing calculus. Ben Orlin <div class=”article-intro”>Math teacher Ben Orlin writes and draws the (aptly named) blog Math With Drawings and is the author of a new book, <em>Change Is the Only Constant: The Wisdom of Calculus in a Madcap World</em>. To …

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Cubed wombat poop, why your left nut runs hot, among Ig Nobel winners

Enlarge / A “Moment of Science” in the 2017 Ig Nobel ceremony: Daniel Davis faces a Tesla coil. Mike Binveniste/Improbable Research Over the years, curious intrepid scientists have gleaned insight into why the wombat’s poo is cube-shaped, explored the magnetic properties of living and dead cockroaches, and determined that a man’s left testicle really does …

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