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This is something else. On the one hand it mocks the pretence of so many modern art galleries (and indeed the artists that fill them), on the other it reminds us to look for beauty in the every day. I want to think this was more about the latter, but I fear it’s more about the former.

ff1 update: australia

Thanks to everyone who has entered for the Fantasy Formula One 2009.

After a cracking start to the season – a season where it’s nice to see greater opportunities for overtaking – here are the standings after Australia.

» revised following Hamilton’s disqualification

1 Susanna Rodden Susie’s Stars 357
2 Lynne Rodden The Gherkins 305
3 Sean Fleet Roadkill 292
4 Helen B Foxy Five 279
5 John Rhodes The Peasants Revolt 277
6 Ruthe Holden Dooby 270
7 Phil Smith Diffuser Debacles 267
8 Chris Illingworth Brains 260
9 Tracy Forster Wacky Racers 255
10 Andy Moore Mooresport 246
11 Ruth Moore Curse of KERS 234
12 Simon Rodden Last Minute 218
13 Peter Jones No Driver Aids 217
14 David Holland Xanthor’s Avengers 208
15 Gaynor Bingham Bingleys 193
16 Howard Moore Clueless but Enthusiastic 167
17 Andy Showell-Rogers Eat My Dust 131
18 Josh Rodden Creme Egg 130

Happy square-root day.

Count on today’s alignment of the calendar to add some much-needed excitement to the lives of at least a few maths geeks.

Today is Square Root Day, a rare holiday that occurs when the day and the month are both the square root of the last two digits of the current year. Numerically, 3 March 2009, can be expressed as 3/3/09, or mathematically as √9 = 3, or 3² = 3 × 3 = 9.

“These days are like calendar comets, you wait and wait and wait for them, then they brighten up your day — and poof — they’re gone,” Ron Gordon, a teacher from Redwood City, California, who organised a contest intended to publicise the event, told the Associated Press. The prize, of course, is $339.

Celebrants are expected to mark the occasion by cutting root vegetables into squares or preparing other foods in the shape of the square root symbol.

Square Root Day occurs only nine times in a century. The last one occurred on 2 February 2004, and the next will occur in seven years on 4 April 2016.

Square Root Day isn’t the only ‘humorous’ holiday celebrated in the maths world.

Pi Day is observed each 14 March (3.14), while Pi Approximation Day falls on 22 July (pi is roughly equal to 22/7). The first Pi Day was observed in 1988 by staff at the San Francisco Exploratorium, who walked around in circles. Maths dudes: partying hard since ancient Greek times.

Source: CNET News