Author Archives: annahaensch

The Blockchain Party

Maybe you think bitcoin is silly, maybe you think it’s dangerous and socially irresponsible, maybe you’re a bitcoin millionaire (in which case, hi), or maybe you are desperate to join the blockchain party. Whatever your stance, it seems that you … Continue reading

Posted in Current Events, Mathematics and Computing | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Just In Time For The Holidays

Well, I’ve done you a favor and shielded you from these juicy mathematical and political morsels until after Thanksgiving. A recent NPR/PBSNewshour/Marist poll showed that 58% of people were not looking forward to discussing politics at their holiday table, while … Continue reading

Posted in Current Events | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bees and Bombs

His name is Dave, he used to do physics, now he makes GIFs. Dave is known on Twitter as beesandbombs and he has a Tumblr of the same name. David Whyte studied theoretical physics as an undergraduate at Trinity College … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A Not Too Mathy Math Blog

Lauren Miller’s favorite number is 23. “I really liked being 23, that was the year I decided to become a mathematician,” Miller told me over burgers and beers in Claremont, California this week. After taking a circuitous route through education … Continue reading

Posted in History of Mathematics, Math Education | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Hacking Cracking & Packing

Sometimes the boundaries of voting districts can look really suspicious. If you’ve ever seen Illinois’ 4th Congressional District, you know what I mean. Sometimes there are good reasons for this; communities with common interests may want to vote together. But … Continue reading

Posted in Current Events | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Exploding Dots For Global Math Week

If you hang around the #MTBoS long enough you can’t help but notice something called exploding dots. Today in a quite moment I took some time to dig in, and I am not disappointed. Exploding dots is the focus project … Continue reading

Posted in Events | Tagged , | 2 Comments

That Neural Net That Predicts Sexual Orientation

A neural network is one way to achieve machine learning. Modeled after the human brain, a neural net teaches a computer how to do some task by processing a huge set of training data. The data passes through the network … Continue reading

Posted in Data Science | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Some Stories of Journals Behaving Badly

Hoax papers have a long and time-honored history. Ten years ago a group of students from MIT wrote a program that randomly generated totally nonsensical computer science papers. One of their bogus papers was accepted by a conference and it … Continue reading

Posted in Issues in Higher Education, Publishing in Math, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

With Profound Sadness

It was an incredible day in 2014 when Maryam Mirzakhani became the first woman to win the Fields Medal. I remember feeling absolutely overwhelmed with emotion and thinking to myself, alright, beginning today winning the Fields Medal is officially something … Continue reading

Posted in Current Events | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Searching For Einstein

No, not Einstein. We’re searching for einstein. Literally “ein Stein,” which translated from German means “one stone.” The one stone we’re looking for is a very special type of tile which, when repeated, can cover an infinite floor without leaving … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 8 Comments