Off on a Tangent 
A Fortnightly Electronic
Newsletter from the Hope College Department of Mathematics 
December 4, 2015  Vol. 14, No. 7 
http://www.math.hope.edu/newsletter.html 
We will revisit that ageold question, "Do dogs know calculus?" in colloquium 
Title: Do Dogs Know Calculus?  
Speaker: Tim Pennings, Davenport University  
Time: Thursday, December 10 at 11:0011:50 am  
Place: Schaap 1000 
Math Club News 

Math Club invites you and your friends to "A
Brilliant Young Mind" at the Knickerbocker Theater (downtown
Holland) on Friday, December 4. We plan to meet in the lobby at
approximately 7:20 pm Friday and then find seats. Bring your Hope
student ID for free admission. The movie has both math and romance, so
it must be good! Movie description (from the Knickerbocker website): In a world difficult to comprehend, Nathan struggles to connect with those around him  most of all his loving mother  but finds comfort in numbers. When Nathan is taken under the wing of unconventional and anarchic teacher, Mr. Humphreys, the pair forge an unusual friendship and Nathan's talents win him a place on the UK team at the International Mathematics Olympiad. From suburban England to bustling Taipei and back again, Nathan builds complex relationships as he is confronted by the irrational nature of love. For more info on the Hope Math Club's latest and greatest activities, visit their brand new FaceBook page (and request to join the group). 
Math in the News: Christmas gifts for math geeks 
Okay,
this isn't news, but just some helpful advice on what to get that math
geek on your Christmas list. Anyone would appreciate the Klein bottle
opener shown here. Business
Insider made a list of such awesome gifts that included the bottle
opener, a telescope for your iPhone, chocolate gaming dice, and math
joke tshirts. Esty also has a site devoted to gifts for math lovers that includes quadratic formula cufflinks, mathlete tshirts, and golden ratio rings. Head over to Zazzle for prime number mugs, math symbol ties, and math formula night lights. Finally, if you take a trip over to Mathnasium you will find a cutie pi onesie, a hypercube paperweight, and protractor cuff links. Remember it is only (the smallest number of distinct squares needed to tile a square)days until Christmas! 

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