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Monthly Archives: March 2016
A conversation with The Accidental Mathematician
Izabella Laba is a fantastic blogger. She is also a professor at the University of British Columbia. She is widely published in harmonic analysis, geoemtric measure theory and additive combinatorics. And most recently, she is one of the founding editors … Continue reading
All the Pvalues Fit to Print
I feel like I’ve seen news stories or blog posts about pvalues every day this month. First, Andrew Gelman reported that the editor of the journal Psychological Science, famous to some for publishing dubious findings on the strength of p<0.05, will be … Continue reading
Algebra: It’s More Than Just Parabolas
Our old pal Andrew Hacker is back at it again. With the publication of his new book and a spate of recent media appearances, he is a man on a mission. A professor emeritus in the Department of Political Science … Continue reading
Posted in K12 Mathematics, Math Education
Tagged algebra, Andrew Hacker, Ben Orlin, Keith Devlin, Simon Jenkins
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The Creativity of Approximation
As a mathematician, I am frequently frustrated with the world’s stubborn refusal to mirror mathematical perfection. No “circle” made of atoms actually has a circumferencetodiameter ratio of π; no population’s growth is exactly an exponential function. The overwhelming approximateness of … Continue reading