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Recommended Reading: Euler, Erdős
Have you ever used an analogy in a conversation only to have the conversation derailed as the person with whom you’re speaking points out that the analogy is not quite perfect in some way? Of course it’s not perfect! If … Continue reading
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Tagged graduate student, Jean Pierre Mutanguha, student blogs
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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
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Tagged alternative facts, Election, Facebook, fake news, politics, posttruth
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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
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Tagged Infinite Series, Kelsey HoustonEdwards, PBS, Pigeon Hole Principle, sphere packing
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The Mathematical Tweet Beat
I was a twitter skeptic for a very long time. And now my love affair with twitter is so deep, it’s hard to even remember what my reservations were in the first place. I first joined in 2013, compelled by … Continue reading
Enchanted
There are only 12 posts on Jim Propp’s blog Mathematical Enchantments so far, and they are all superb. Propp is a professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and his blog is different from a lot of blogs I read. … Continue reading
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Tagged Fermat's Last Theorem, Jim Propp, math, mathematical enchantments, mathematics
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Look Around You: Spherical Videos and Möbius Transformations
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve watched the short video “Möbius transformations revealed” by Douglas Arnold and Jonathan Rogness. It is a beautiful tribute to beautiful functions. As a complex analysis and hyperbolic geometry fangirl, I am … Continue reading
Today’s Post Is Brought To You By The Letter P
There is this joke that people like to make. It’s something about how real mathematicians don’t use numbers. It’s a little bit funny, and a lot true. As a number theorist, I, more so than anybody, should be using numbers, … Continue reading
Diagonalization and Other Mathematical Wonders
It’s only a slight exaggeration to say I’m a mathematician because of Cantor’s diagonalization arguments (both the proof that the rationals are countable and the proof that the reals aren’t). I was already enjoying my intro to proofs class when … Continue reading
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Tagged diagonalization, Kevin Knudson, Mike Lawler, nostalgia, smbc comics
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Hot Hands and Tuesday’s Children
People, especially sports fans, seem to believe that players can get “hot,” that they will hit more baskets (or succeed in whatever metric is of interest in their sport) more after a series of hits than after a series of … Continue reading
Blogging in Math Class: A Q&A with Casey Douglas
Last year, I had my math history students write a blog. The course counts as a writing credit, so blog posts seemed like good short writing assignments. But what about blogging in a math class that’s just a math class? … Continue reading