AMS members and staff celebrated the Society’s 125th anniversary at an Open House held at AMS headquarters in Providence, Rhode Island on November 14, 2013. Graduate students and long-time AMS members alike came from Rhode Island colleges and universities to celebrate, meet staff, tour the building, learn the latest about the Society’s programs, and enjoy food, refreshments, music, and, of course, birthday cake.
Last year at JMM, we did a flash human knot. We are wanting to do another flash mob. We would like it to have the theme “Connection and Collaboration.” To make this a success, we need your help.
If you have any ideas of what we can do or if you would like to assist with planning or participate in the flash mob, please email me at email@example.com.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful November—happy holidays, all! I thought it would be fun to share a couple math- and holiday-related links. This month marks a historic overlap between Hanukkah and Thanksgiving, as well as the annual celebration of Fibonacci Day (which took place 11/23 in honor of the first several Fibonacci numbers). Here are some posts I found interesting.
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What do Leonard Nimoy, Stana Katic, and Robert Downey Jr. have in common? They all have a Bacon number of 2. The Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, a game created early in 1994 by three Albright College students, is a classic problem in graph theory. The object of the game is to find the shortest path between a given actor and Kevin Bacon, where an intermediary connection can only be made between actors who have appeared together in a movie. For example, Stana Katic was in Stiletto with Kelly Hu, who was in The Air I Breathe with Kevin Bacon. While there is only one person with Bacon number 0 (Kevin Bacon himself), most individuals involved in the Hollywood film industry have a Bacon number of 6 or less. As of April 28, 2013, the Oracle of Bacon computed that of the actors listed on the Internet Movie Database, only 329 out of 1,605,485 have a Bacon number of 7 or higher:
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I recently read an article by Bryna Kra in The Chronicle of Higher Education entitled “Mathemetics: 1,000 Years Old and Still Hot.” It is such a great article, I at first was not sure what more I could write. Kra begins the article on a positive note mentioning Obama’s budget request to increase STEM teachers and graduates. Then Kra gets to the crux of the issue.
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