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How Quadratic Reciprocity Is Like Dealing Cards
Currently the RiemannRoch theorem is my nemesis, and I stumbled on Matt Baker’s math blog while I was looking for some help figuring out how to use it. The post I came across, RiemannRoch for Graphs and Applications, was not … Continue reading
Exploding Myths About the History of Science
We want our heroes to be virtuous at all times, clearthinking visionaries who never falter. Of course, that is almost never the case. But a nicely packaged narrative about a great person’s life is very tempting. In The Renaissance Mathematicus, … Continue reading
Posted in History of Mathematics
Tagged Ada Lovelace, Ada Lovelace Day, Emmy Noether, Euclid, Galileo, Renaissance Mathematicus, Thony Christie
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See Math, See Math Run
To me, the formula for the volume of a cone says “Did you know that 3 copies of the same cone occupy the same space as the smallest cylinder that contains one of them?” This fact relates (see picture) to … Continue reading