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Growing Up Gifted
It seems that Hollywood can’t get enough of mathematicians. Most recently, Gifted hit theaters. It’s the story of the mathematically gifted sevenyearold Mary who is living with her uncle in Florida. We follow Mary’s struggle adjusting to a typical public … Continue reading
Posted in Mathematics and the Arts
Tagged Evelyn Lamb, Gifted, Jordan Ellenberg, math in the movies, Math Movies, Movies, Terrence Tao
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Divorce And Margarine
The correlation between the divorce rate in Maine and the per capita consumption of margarine, though compelling, is totally spurious. This is just one of the many such correlations that Tyler Vigen explores on Spurious Correlations, and in his book … Continue reading
Posted in Statistics
Tagged bad statistics, fivethirtyeight, Spurious Correlations, Statistics, Tyler Vigen
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Does This Make Sense?
Some of my favorite questions to ask in class involve drawing up some sort of a mathematical model for my students and asking: does this make sense? Whether matching curves to the heating and cooling laws of my morning coffee, … Continue reading
Diversify Your Blogfolio
It’s March. As the sun sets on black history month and rises on women’s history month, I feel inclined, as I do every March, to draw attention to some of the great women who blog about math as well as … Continue reading
A Circular Approach To Linear Algebra
This semester I’m teaching Linear Algebra for the first time, so naturally, I am constantly on the prowl for all of the linear algebra resources the internet has to offer. To begin with, I’m using a free online textbook called … Continue reading
Posted in Math Education
Tagged linear algebra, Matthew Simonson, Steven Strogatz, Wolfram
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They Answered The Call Of Numbers
“Hidden Figures is a book about people like you, who answered the call of numbers,” said the author Margot Lee Shetterly, addressing a packed room at the Joint Math Meetings in Atlanta this January. The book, which tells the story … Continue reading
Best And Worst Of The Year
We made it through 2016, and now it’s that time when we reflect on a year gone by. Best of 2016 There were several cool breakthroughs in math this year. My personal favorite involved the famous question of how to … Continue reading
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The Lure Of The Rubik’s Cube
Who among us has not lost at least one afternoon of their life to that most seductive of toys: The Rubik’s Cube? Originally invented by the Hungarian architect Erno Rubik in 1974, this cube – although apparently not its patents … Continue reading
New PBS Show All About Math
Last week PBS launched a new show on YouTube all about math called Infinite Series. The first three episodes are up and they’re a ton of fun. The show is hosted by Kelsey HoustonEdwards, who is a graduate student at … Continue reading
Posted in Math Communication
Tagged Infinite Series, Kelsey HoustonEdwards, PBS, Pigeon Hole Principle, sphere packing
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As The Dust Settles, Let’s Check The Numbers
I really didn’t want to write about the election. But probably, much like you, it’s all I can think about right now. News media is completely saturated with it and the blogs are churning out a steady stream of predictions … Continue reading
Posted in Data Science, Events, Issues in Higher Education
Tagged Cathy O'Neil, Chronicle of Higher Ed, Election, Polling
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