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Adding to the Faces of Mathematics on Wikipedia
For better or for worse, Wikipedia is the first place most people look when they want to learn about someone or something online. I don’t use Wikipedia as my sole source for important facts, but it’s a great first stop … Continue reading
Posted in people in math
Tagged black mathematicians, wikipedia, women in science, womeninSTEM
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How to Communicate in a PostTruth World
Fake news is not new. For years I have rolled my eyes and scrolled by quack health and science stories, links from the satirical Borowitz Report shared credulously, and other incorrect information in my Facebook feed. I have often written … Continue reading
Posted in Math Communication
Tagged alternative facts, Election, Facebook, fake news, politics, posttruth
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Celebrating Black Mathematicians
As you may know, February is Black History Month in the U.S. To celebrate, the new website Mathematically Gifted and Black is featuring a different black mathematician every day this month. The site was started by mathematicians Erica Graham, Raegan … Continue reading
Solidarity with Scientists
Mathematics has an interesting relationship to science. People often think of mathematicians as a subset of scientists, and scientists definitely use mathematics in their work, but our daytoday work, careers, and the kinds of problems and thinking that interest us most … Continue reading
Posted in Events
Tagged climate change, climate science, immigration, mathematics in society, politics
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More Graph Isomorphism Drama
That plucky graph isomorphism problem is at it again! In November 2015, University of Chicago computer scientist Laszlo Babai announced an algorithm to determine whether two graphs are isomorphic in quasipolynomial time, and there was much rejoicing. (My coblogger Anna … Continue reading
Mona Chalabi’s Datasketches
Handdrawn data visualizations about farts and penises! If that has you hooked, no need to read any further. Just surf over to Mona Chalabi’s Instagram account and enjoy. I first encountered Chalabi through her “Dear Mona” column at FiveThirtyEight, which … Continue reading
What Should Mathematicians Do Now?
Mathematicians sometimes pretend we are above the everyday vicissitudes of life, preferring to inhabit a realm of abstraction and perfection, but that’s a lie. We live here too. We are voters, citizens, residents, and teachers. What happens in our country … Continue reading
Posted in History of Mathematics, people in math
Tagged elections, keeping students safe, mathematics in society, politics, voting
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Which One Doesn’t Belong?
1, 2, 4,…. What’s the next number in the sequence? I was a rulefollower as a kid, so I always got the “right” answer on questions like that, but they still bugged me. Sure, 8 would be predictable, but why … Continue reading
The Pseudocontext 2016 Deserves
2016 has been the year of the lolsob. I have my reasons for feeling that way, and I’m guessing you might too. In that light, I’ve especially started looking forward to Dan Meyer’s “pseudocontext Saturday” posts. In each one, he finds a picture … Continue reading →