Video: Our endless fascination with pi

Credit: CC0 Public Domain For centuries, pi—the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter—has fascinated mathematicians and scientists. The number, which is infinite but never falls into a repeating pattern, is used in formulae throughout the sciences. For more perspective on the significance and fascination with the number, for Pi Day (3.14) the Gazette…

Solve it did you? Speak Yoda how to

Earlier today I set you the following puzzle about the peculiar grammar of Yoda, Star Wars’ pointy-eared Jedi master. Yoda inverts pairs of phrases before speaking. If Yoda says “Believe you I don’t”, we know what he means is “I don’t believe you.” Here’s a way to mark up a Yoda sentence to recover its…

Solve it can you? Speak Yoda how to

Today the British linguistics community is launching a campaign to make language analysis – the study of patterns in language – part of mainstream school education. To celebrate this campaign, about which more below, here’s a puzzle about Yoda, the cuddly Star Wars Jedi Master. Ready are you? Unless you’ve been hiding in a galaxy…