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Some Revelations In My Tech Free Adventure
I’m still in Tanzania, still with limited access to technology resources, so I wanted to take this post to share with you a few technologyfree mathematical revelations I’ve had during my time here. First, the pedagogical revelation. I’m teaching a … Continue reading
Teaching Offline
I’m in Bagamoyo, Tanzania at the moment teaching two summer courses to a group of undergraduate students at Marian University College. This experience is different from my typical teaching experience along several dimensions. I am teaching Complex Analysis to a … Continue reading
Summer Time is Puzzle Time
It’s MidMay, that means it time to put away your serious things and time to start thinking about (what else?) math puzzles! Alexander Bogomolny, of CutTheKnotMath, has curated an amazing collection of math puzzles, problems, and interactive lessons. I always … Continue reading
Posted in Recreational Mathematics
Tagged Alexander Bogomolny, Mike Lawler, puzzles, The Riddler, xkcd
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Arts And Crafts Night
This week I rounded up several of my colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics for a night of mathematically inspired paper crafts from the website cutoutfoldup.com. The website site features an impressive collection of “interesting things to make … Continue reading
Posted in Mathematics and the Arts
Tagged art, arts and crafts, cutoutfoldup, rhombic spiralloherdron, rhombus
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Radical Notation
There was one day in my life when I got a standing ovation in a calculus class. I’ll admit, it was an extra special group of students who were prone to spontaneous outbursts of enthusiasm. Business Calc, amiright? But it … Continue reading
Posted in History of Mathematics
Tagged Dave Richeson, Jeff Miller, Math Overflow, Notation, Wolfram
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Family Math With The Lawlers
When I watch videos of Mike Lawler teaching math to his sons it makes me want to be a better teacher. Lawler, a mathematician by training and former academic, started Mikesmathpage to chronicle his lessons in homeschooling his kids, and … Continue reading
Some Math About Guns
Turns out it can be really difficult to understand our collective relationship to guns, gun violence, and gun control. What seems to be obvious to some, runs completely counter to others. This was illustrated nowhere better than in the recent … Continue reading
Posted in Current Events
Tagged Aphyr, data, Induction Ex Machina, Kyle Kingsbury, Mark Reid, public policy, R
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Are Smart Cities Really That Smart?
Lately I’ve been reading a lot of science fiction, and also a lot of articles about smart cities. And the two seem to be converging to a single point. I’m not entirely sure what “smart city” means as a term … Continue reading
Posted in Current Events
Tagged Credit Score, PunkRockOR, Science Fiction, Smart Cities, Transportation
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The NSF Gets Serious And #MeToo
It looks like the NSF is finally getting serious about its stance on researching funding and harassment in the sciences. Two years ago in January 2016, in an official statement, the NSF threatened to pull funding from Universities that didn’t … Continue reading
On Seashells, Spirals, and Solids
Recently, a friend sent me a link to the drawing Fibonacci Dodecahedron by the Venezuelan artist Rafael Araujo. I found it quite beautiful but was immediately skeptical of the words Fibonacci and dodecahedron appearing together. It’s no secret that I … Continue reading
Posted in Mathematics and the Arts
Tagged art, Fibonacci, mathematical art, Phi, Rafael Araujo, seashell, spiral, Technical Drawing
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