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It’s Not a Trick, It’s an Illusion
I’ve stumbled on the Best Illusion of the Year Contest a few times, but this is the first year I’ve thought about the illusions mathematically. Dave Richeson wrote two posts about this illusion by Kokichi Sugihara, one of the top … Continue reading
Posted in Recreational Mathematics
Tagged Dave Richeson, math, mathematics, optical illusions
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Picture This!
I doubt I’m the only person who sees the front cover of a math book or a conference poster and wants to know more about the picture. That’s why I was excited that when the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics … Continue reading
Posted in Applied Math
Tagged Anna Seigal, applied topology, cat pictures, graduate school, math, mathematics, Rachael Boyd
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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
Posted in Math Communication
Tagged Fermat's Last Theorem, Jim Propp, math, mathematical enchantments, mathematics
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How Math Can Help You Avoid Talking about Politics at the Holidays
Happy Thanksgiving! I’m sure your wonderful family is the exception, but sometimes holiday dinner conversations can veer into unpleasant territory. If you don’t have Adele to bail you out, math blogs are here to help. (When your only tool is a … Continue reading
Grad School, Blogged
A few months ago, I stumbled on TaiDanae Bradley’s excellent blog Math3ma. Bradley is a math graduate student at CUNY, and she writes about the kinds of topics that show up in firstyear graduate courses and later on the qualifying … Continue reading
Posted in Math Communication
Tagged algebra, analysis, graduate school, math, mathematics, TaiDanae Bradley, topology
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Topology Teaching Blogs
I’m teaching topology for the first time this semester, so I’ve been poking around the blogosphere for ideas of different ways to explain some of the ideas in this class to my students. Luckily, right before I started the semester, I ran … Continue reading
Posted in Math Education
Tagged counterexamples in topology, math, mathematics, teaching, teaching topology, topology
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Simple Words, Complicated Math
A couple years ago, xkcd described the Saturn V rocket (Up Goer 5) using only the thousand ten hundred most common English words. Of course, xkcd readers were eager to try it themselves, and geneticist Theo Sanderson created an online text … Continue reading
Highly Unlikely Triangles and Other Beaded Mathematics
I first encountered Gwen Fisher’s work at the fiber arts exhibit at the 2014 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore. Fisher has a Ph.D. in math education and is an accomplished mathematical artist who specializes in beading. I featured one of her … Continue reading
Posted in Mathematics and the Arts
Tagged beading, beads, Burning Man, Gwen Fisher, Harold Coxeter, hyperbolic space, John Conway, mathematics, Penrose triangle
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First Impressions of the Second Heidelberg Laureate Forum
Last year, I wrote with some envy about the first annual Heidelberg Laureate Forum. This year, I’m there! I mean, here! Yes, after several flights and a few train delays, I’m finally in Heidelberg, and if the fog clears and … Continue reading
Posted in Events, people in math
Tagged abel prize, fields medal, heidelberg laureate forum, hlf14, math, math communication, mathematics, prizes
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