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A Conversation With Jim Propp
I recently had the tremendous pleasure of attending the 2019 BAHFest at MIT, an event in which very clever people deliver convincing arguments in support of absolutely ridiculous bad ad hoc hypotheses to a packed auditorium of nerds. Happily, this … Continue reading
Posted in Math Communication, people in math
Tagged blogging, Jim Propp, mathematical enchantments
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Do Evaluations Really Add Up?
First, let’s start with the classic article, “How to Improve Your Teaching Evaluations Without Improving Your Teaching” by Ian Neath from the mid 90’s, in which 20 tips are furnished for gaming your endofsemester evaluations. Despite the funny title and … Continue reading
Posted in Issues in Higher Education, Math Education
Tagged Bias, Jacqueline Dewar, Philip Stark, Rice University, SET, Student Evaluations, Villanova
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The Best and Worst of 2018
We’ve made it through another year! So as is the custom, here’s a quick roundup of the best and worst things that happened in 2018. In math. Best of 2018 There were two really exciting developments in quantum computing this … Continue reading
Posted in Current Events
Tagged ABC conjecture, Ewin Tang, Harvard, MAA, Peter SwinnertonDyer, quantum computing, Teaching Evaluations, Urmila Mahadev
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A Mathematical Gift Guide
It’s that time of year again. The semester is winding down, mathematically rigorous 6fold symmetric snowflakes deck the halls, and Mariah Carey is on the top of the Spotify charts. And while all Mariah wants for Christmas is YOU, finding … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized
Tagged apica, apriodical, Christopher Hanusa, Dana Mckenzie, decrypto, dice, Hannah Fry, James Grime, Matt Parker, Remondrian, roborally, Steve Mould, Thomas Lin, Uyen Nguyen, Walter Isaacson
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Significantly Statistical Blogs Redux
I was just reading this article about Statscan, the Canadian warehouse for storing data and the branch of the government charged with the statistical analysis of all things Canadian, and came across this dizzyingly amazing quote about Statscan: Its statistics … Continue reading
Posted in Statistics
Tagged Andrew Gelman, Frank Harrell, Simply Statistics, Statistical Thinking, Stats, Statscan, Thomas Lumley
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Not Those Midterms
I was reminded recently of a time a few years ago when I sent my students an email on November 4, 2014 with the following addendum “P.S. Don’t forget to vote in the midterms today.” The next day I was … Continue reading
Posted in Current Events
Tagged Brian Hayes, counting, Election, gerrymandering, Justin Solomon, Laura Albert, Midterms, moon duchin, queueing theory, voting
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The New Issue Of Chalkdust Magazine
The latest issue of Chalkdust Magazine dropped last week, and it’s filled with as much mathematical goodness as a fresh unopened box of Hagoromo “Fulltouch” chalk. It’s a proper glossy magazine — also available as a PDF — featuring profiles … Continue reading
Posted in Math Communication
Tagged Chalkdust, Chalkdust Magazine, Chris Bishop, Colin Beveridge, Euguenia Cheng, Hagoromo, TaeDanae Bradley
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Math Games That Make You Think
In the echo chamber, social media kinda world that we’re living in, network theory is playing an increasingly important role. So I was delighted, this morning, to spend several minutes playing an interactive game by the talented Nicky Case called … Continue reading
Posted in Game Theory, Mathematics and the Arts, Recreational Mathematics
Tagged games, graph theory, impact, network theory, Nicky Case, Segregation, Vi Hart
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