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$${Mathematicians} \subset {Artists}$$
Certain equations or concepts strike us as beautiful, stunning even. As she walked amongst the aquatints on the wall of Yale Art Gallery’s latest exhibit entitled “Concinnitas”, Jen Christiansen posed the title question of her blog post: “Math is Beautiful, … Continue reading
Posted in Math Education, Mathematics and the Arts, Uncategorized
Tagged Ampere's Law, Ben Volta, Concinnitas, Daniel Rockmore, David Mumford, Enrico Bombieri, Freeman Dyson, Manjul Bhargava, Math and Art, Math is Beautiful, Michael Atiyah, Murray GellMan, Peter Lax, Richard Karp, Simon Donaldson, STEAM, Stephen Smale, Steven Weinberg
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NotSoConfident Intervals
Here is a test for you. Let’s say 300 mathematicians were polled concerning how many hours of TV they watch per week. What does it mean to say that a 95% confidence interval for the average number of hours of … Continue reading
e is for Ebola
A recent NPR blog features a few quotes emphasizing a math word that is lamentably absent from many readers’ vocabularies: “It’s spreading and growing exponentially,” President Obama said Tuesday. “This is a disease outbreak that is advancing in an exponential … Continue reading
Posted in Applied Math, Biomath, Math Education, Mathematics and Computing, people in math, Statistics
Tagged Amy Greer, Basic Reproduction Ratio, Caitlyn Rivers, computational epidemiology, David Hartley, Ebola, Effective Reproduction Ratio, Ellsworth Campbell, Exponential growth, IDEA, SIR model
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Medaling Mathematicians
You may consider the Fields Medal a boon to the mathematical community as it showcases amazing young mathematicians and brings math into the limelight. Or you may view the Fields Medal as an unfortunate reinforcement of the notion that mathematics … Continue reading
Alias, Schmalias
While the great line from Romeo and Juliet: “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet” rings true, would a digital rose smell as sweet? We often think of the digital world as a mere “renaming” of the … Continue reading
Mathematician Presents Flawed Proof – in a work of fiction
Following Evelyn’s last post about the new Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics, I will now discuss the opposite of wild mathematical success. Depending on how excited you are about public speaking, the moments before giving a talk at a math conference may be … Continue reading
Visualize Your Algorithms
As a college student in the ‘90’s with a penchant for “visual learning” I was never drawn to computer science. My one computer science class focused mostly on syntax and basic logic. Had shuffling and sorting been presented as eyecatching … Continue reading
Summer Reading List
My Summer Reading List Having an industry job, I will not have any real change in my routine as summer hits. But I still think of summer as the season of reading for pleasure. So what are some new … Continue reading
CrowdFunded Mathematics
What if your research was funded by 100 strangers who had read your research proposal online and clicked “donate”? You’d feel responsible to write about your research in a more widely accessible way. You might pledge to provide monthly updates … Continue reading
Posted in Applied Math, Math Education, Theoretical Mathematics
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Narrowing The Gender Gap
This 3minute clip of Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson is the kind of thing that might provide just the right bit of encouragement to someone struggling to express their passion for STEM. Neil DeGrasse Tyson Said What He Thinks About Race … Continue reading
Posted in Issues in Higher Education, people in math, women in math
Tagged gender gap, Larry Summers, Math gene, Neil DeGrasse Tyson
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