08 Mar

Sea of Blue (Tiles)

The facade of the Hall of State at Dallas Fair Park is awash in small blue tiles. As such, it provides an excellent opportunity for a fun element of almost any math walk: A Really Big Number. In this case, how many tiles are there on the facade? To get a handle on this, we […]

02 Jun

Habito Labyrinth

Nestled in a courtyard of the Divinity School at Southern Methodist University, you will find the Habito Labyrinth. Labyrinths are actually in themselves a subject of study and interest to professional mathematicians, but before we get into that, let’s first ask whether a labyrinth is a maze. That’s of course a matter of terminology, but […]

02 Jun

Ford Stadium

During the math tour I gave on the campus of Southern Methodist University, I was given the challenge of estimating the seating capacity of the Ford Stadium, never having seen it before and without any prior information about the stadium. To recap the techniques that I used, I first broke down the seating sections into […]