Category Archives: Mathematics in Society

An Infinite Understanding

“Have you ever thought about how strange it is that we think about infinity every day, but most people think about it only on the rarest of occasions, if ever?” This is the text message I recently sent two of … Continue reading

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Mathematical Democracy: Mission Impossible? Maybe not…

In 1950, a 29-year-old PhD candidate at Columbia published a stunning theorem that later won him a Nobel Prize: “There is no such thing as a fair voting system.”  Or so the legend goes.  Let’s dive into this claim and … Continue reading

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The Math of Elections

It seems like all anybody can talk about right now is the election. And while it has definitely given me a lot to think about in terms of political, cultural, and social problems in America, there’s also some interesting and potentially … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Navigating the Sea

Guest Author: Tyler Padera Have you ever been asked to hang out with a new friend, but maybe you didn’t know where they lived? Maybe you were going to an interview for your new job but needed directions. The solution … Continue reading

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The Winners Write the Textbook

 Guest Author: Dan Walls It is said that the winners write history. While usually this is reserved for the perspectives in history textbooks and other writings, it also finds true in the evolution of mathematical history as well. Beg to … Continue reading

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