Celebrities and Math

Photo by Jens Schott Knudsen. The work is distributed under a Creative Commons License.

Photo by Jens Schott Knudsen. The work is distributed under a Creative Commons License.

I always enjoy seeing mathematics in pop culture. When a friend of mine sent me a txt message about an article talking about celebrities who enjoyed mathematics, I was all over it. (Tangent – The title of the article, 10 Secret Celebrity Math Geeksis a bit indicative of the societal attitude towards mathematicians. It is sad that folks who enjoy math need to be “secret.”) The celebrities included on this list were:

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John Napier: Life, Logarithms, and Legacy – Book Review

Photo courtesy of the Princeton University Press

Photo courtesy of the Princeton University Press

Logarithms – this mathematical staple is celebrating its 400th birthday this year. But how much do you know about the development of logarithms or the man behind them? Edinburgh born John Napier, the inventor of logarithms, is in danger of fading into the shadows of the scientific landscape. In the new book John Napier: Life, Logarithms, and Legacy, Julian Havil does a marvelous job of bringing Napier back into the spotlight.

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NSF Grant Opportunity for Veterans

The NSF recently announced a new opportunity for student veterans in the mathematical and physical sciences. Because there’s not much information out there besides their announcement, I will simply include a quote. (Assuming you’re a veteran, you won’t mind all of the acronyms.)

The Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) is now accepting supplemental requests to support one (additional) Ph.D. student per award, as long as the graduate student is a United States Veteran. The proposed MPS-GRSVs will afford Veterans an opportunity to conduct research towards a doctoral degree with an NSF MPS Directorate active grantee.

There’s no dollar amount mentioned, but this one year award can be extended up to three years. Here’s to hoping your advisor has an NSF grant!

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Want to be an Editor?

AMSBlogAre you interested in writing for the AMS Graduate Student Blog? With winter break around the corner, it is the perfect time to draft an article you think would be interesting and submit it to the grad blog. You can take a look at previous posts on the webpage to get some ideas for topics.

We generally ask that editors post at least one time each month. However, if you don’t want to commit to writing something each month, you can still be a contributor to the blog.

 

You can email your posts or any questions you have to thomas.clark973@topper.wku.edu.

I look forward to hearing from you!

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Crossword Puzzle #25

Enjoy!

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