Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Now Here's A Road Trip

The other day I published the route for our summer 2015 road trip. I was pretty satisfied with myself until my daughter Tricia put me on to THIS road trip.

If you love math like I do, you'll love this.

Randy Olson is a fourth-year Computer Science & Engineering Ph.D. candidate at Michigan State University and Tracy Staedter is a producer for Discovery News/Tech. Randy teamed up with Tracy to produce this road trip.

Here are the rules:
1. The trip must make at least one stop in all 48 states in the contiguous U.S.
2. The trip would only make stops at National Natural Landmarks, National Historic Sites, National Parks, or National Monuments.
3. The trip must be taken by car and never leave the U.S.

With those objectives in mind, Tracy compiled a list of 50 major U.S. landmarks — one in each state excluding Alaska/Hawaii and including D.C., and two in California.

Here is the result:

The Road Trip

Meet Randy here

Meet Tracy here

Here are three stories about this mathematics project/road trip by Randy, Tracy, and Snopes. And boy did these stories get comments. Many of the comments were about the choice of sites. All those folks missed the point of the story – THE MATHEMATICS THAT PRODUCED THE MAP. You could pick any location. Enjoy the stories AND the comments.

And here is my paltry 2015 road trip.

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