8 math talks to blow your mind

8 math talks to blow your mind

TED Blog

Mathematics gets down to work in these talks, breathing life and logic into everyday problems. Prepare for math puzzlers both solved and unsolvable, and even some still waiting for solutions.

Ron Eglash: The fractals at the heart of African designs
When Ron Eglash first saw an aerial photo of an African village, he couldn’t rest until he knew — were the fractals in the layout of the village a coincidence, or were the forces of mathematics and culture colliding in unexpected ways? Here, he tells of his travels around the continent in search of an answer.

How big is infinity?
There are more whole numbers than there are even numbers … right? Actually, there aren’t. This TED-Ed talk makes it crystal clear why not, in a lesson on the infinite infinities and math’s unanswerable questions.

Arthur Benjamin does “Mathemagic”
A whole team of calculators is no match for Arthur Benjamin…

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Student Loans – Some Progress At Last

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Salam All,

I pray you are well.

We have all come across family members, friends and children from our community being denied access to a university education due to the current interest based system of student of loans. In fact, there are thousands of Muslim students each and every year, who are effectively being denied access to a university education.

Those of us who deal with such questions on a day to day to basis will empathise with the gravity of this situation. Part of empathy is to also make a sincere effort to make a difference.

Denying these principled young people access to university is an incredibly short sighted policy which will condemn tens of thousands of practising Muslims to lower career and life opportunities, hence storing up social cohesion and equality issues for decades to come. And Allah knows best.

The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), who are the government department responsible for universities, has finally progressed onto conducting a short seven question survey on the suitability of a proposed alternative scheme.

So, what do you need to do?

Firstly, we need to get a student loan scheme for Muslims pushed through to:

Fill in their response form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/studentfinanceconsultation

Secondly, say you definitely want the Government to find an urgent solution because it affects you and your children since they cannot continue in higher education with the current interest-based system.

Thirdly, inform them that their current proposal needs to be tailored to AAOIFI standards, and that UK scholars and organisations such Al Qalam Sharī‘ah Scholar Panel (which include Ulama such as Mufti Yusuf Sacha Sahib, Mufti Zubair Butt sahib and Mufti Muhammed Ibn Adam Al-Kawthari) should be part of the Shari’ah supervisory board for the alternative finance product.

Fourthly, post your comments and messages on the following blog page to show your support:

http://www.1stethical.com/2014/04/07/student-loans-some-progress-at-last/

Ulama and specialists are currently preparing papers offering alternative solutions within the guidelines mentioned by the UK Government. If you are interested in submitting, defending and attending, please contact 1st Ethical, or Al-Qalam.

Finally, pass this message on and we request your ongoing duas and support.

Haroon.

On Muslims & Evolution

On Muslims & Evolution

Mohamed Ghilan

basmala_01 Presentation1 The following passages are excerpted from my forthcoming book tentatively titled “Discourses on Belief, Science, & Islam”.  I’ve recently seen and read for a number of Muslim scholars declaring it a form of disbelief for a Muslim to accept the Theory of Evolution and for Adam and Eve peace be upon them to have descended as opposed to created in an original fashion. I therefore think it is important for some words to be said about this. Before you read this piece, as it contains only excerpts from a larger work, I should make something clear. As far as we are concerned in Islam, Adam and Eve were real people, not characters of some allegory to teach lessons about sin that never took place in real life. God is all-powerful and is not in need of naturalistic causes to bring anything into existence. In fact, every instance is a new creation as per Muslim creed…

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