Math and the City: A Photo Blog

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to spend a weekend in the Big Apple. I was mostly there to give a talk at the CUNY collaborative number theory seminar (which was very short but otherwise OK), but I was also able to visit the Museum of Math for the opening of a new gallery and exhibit. In this post, I will share some pictures from the exhibit, and thoughts about the Museum.

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Adventures in Naysaying

What do you do when a student asks if you would grade their homework even though a) they are not enrolled in your class and b) there is no way they can attend your class meetings because they are taking another, famously demanding and time-consuming class? If you are me, you obsess about it for days, then say no, then feel super guilty about your decision so you ask the facebook hive mind, then feel conflicted, then use your inner turmoil to inspire your next blog post. So here it goes.

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The final lap

The final projects from one of my classes were not very portable. Pictured here is a Menger sponge made out of sugar cubes, and several large posters.

The final projects for one of my classes were not very portable. Pictured here are a Menger sponge made out of sugar cubes, and several large posters.

Winter semester just ended here at Bates, and it has been a crazy couple of weeks (as perhaps evidenced by my absence from the blogosphere). Since there has been little else on my mind recently, I will just share some thoughts and lessons from this latest end-of-semester crunch, in no particular order.

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