Most of us use computer terminals, tablets and smart phones, absorbing information quickly and easily. How do the many thousands of Irish people who are blind or visually impaired manage to interact with computers? For them, entering data by keyboard or voice is easy, but special software is needed to convert the text on screen into a form for output to a loudspeaker or headphones, or to drive a refreshable Braille display [TM095, or search for “thatsmaths” at irishtimes.com].

## Posts Tagged 'Education'

### Computers Speaking in Irish

Published July 21, 2016 Irish Times Leave a CommentTags: Computer Science, Education, Ireland

### You Can Do Maths

Published March 19, 2015 Irish Times Leave a CommentTags: Applied Maths, Arithmetic, Education, Maps, Social attitudes

Bragging about mathematical ineptitude is not cool. There is nothing admirable about ignorance and incompetence. Moreover, everyone thinks mathematically all the time, even if they are not aware of it. Can we all do maths? Yes, we can! [See this week’s *That’s Maths* column (TM064) or search for “thatsmaths” at irishtimes.com].

### Euclid in Technicolor

Published February 20, 2014 Irish Times 1 CommentTags: Education, Geometry, History, Ireland

The article in this week’s *That’s Maths* column in the* Irish Times* ( TM039 ) is about Oliver Byrne’s amazing technicolor *Elements of Euclid,* recently re-published by Taschen.

This week’s *That’s Maths* in *The Irish Times* ( TM028 ) is all about Maths Week, a major event in the calender of mathematics in Ireland. Over the coming weeks information and announcements about the event will appear on the website for the event (click the logo below):

That’s Maths in the *Irish Times* this week ( TM025 ) is about the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), which takes place in Santa Marta, Columbia next week.

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### Wrangling and the Tripos

Published June 27, 2013 Irish Times Leave a CommentTags: Education, History

The Mathematical Tripos examinations, and the Wranglers who achieve honours in them, are the topic of the *That’s Maths* column ( TM023 ) in the* Irish Times* this week.

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### Where Circles are Square

Published November 29, 2012 Occasional Leave a CommentTags: Education, Geometry

Imagine a world where circles are square and π is equal to 4. Strange as it seems, we live in such a world: urban geometry is determined by the pattern of streets in a typical city grid and distance “as the crow flies” is not the distance that we have to travel from place to place. Continue reading ‘Where Circles are Square’