We have the game ‘Guess Who’, which comes with a selection of sheets to play variants of the original game. In a flash of comedy inspiration, my eldest, Meg, and I thought it would be excellent if there was a game called 'Guess Poo'. In Guess Poo, instead of trying to identify faces, you have […]
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In logic, we talk about propositions, giving them names, say p or q. For example, p might be the proposition 'it is raining', and q the proposition 'I will get wet'. Then to represent the proposition 'if it is raining then I will get wet', we can say 'p IMPLIES q', which is often written […]
I saw an interesting number-based game at the 2015 Young Scientist show. This post derives, using brute force, a winning strategy for the game and implements it as a 'human vs computer' setting.
You feel ill and go to a doctor. She does a test and says 'you have a 70% chance of having the Lurgy'. You go to a different doctor, who does a different test, but also says 'you have a 70% chance of having the Lurgy'. Given these two test results, what are your chances of having the Lurgy?
The idea for this project came from a few different places: Curiosity about how cable modems actually transmit ones and zeros along the coax cable. This led to some reading about the various modulation methods used. Code I'd written to read the data on cassette tapes containing files from the Dragon 32 computer of my youth. […]
My 7-year-old daughter and I built a robot which plays the memory game 'Simon'. Servos use string to pull 'fingers' made out of Lego, pressing the game's buttons. Phototransistors sense which lights are flashing, with an Arduino controlling everything. It successfully plays a complete game of Simon!
RTE recently carried a news piece announcing the release of a large volume of historical digital images by the National Library of Ireland. One detail in the piece caught my eye: it quoted the library's Digitisation Programme Manager Sara Smyth as saying Since 2010, we have overhauled our digitisation workflows and put in place key […]
© Trustees of the British Museum[source page] On a recent visit to the British Museum in London, I was interested to see a very curious escapement mechanism in one of the clocks, a creation of Thomas Tompion in the 1670s. I am certainly no expert on clocks, but I had never seen an escapement where […]