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Unsolved Problems in Math Class

A few years ago, I directed a high school summer math program. Half the day was devoted to exploring the delights of modular arithmetic—we ended the summer with a cake decorated with Fermat’s Little theorem!—and half to learning to program … Continue reading

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Application Advice for Students, Job-Seekers, and Recommendation Letter Writers

I really didn’t know what I was doing when I applied for graduate school, and I am thankful for the assistance of the professors at my undergraduate university who helped me and the luck that got me into a few … Continue reading

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Math Education Researchers Deserve Respect

In what has become sadly routine, right-wing news sites started publishing inflammatory articles about a professor whose work they don’t like about two weeks ago. (I am not linking to their stories in this post because they contribute to this … Continue reading

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Un-Junking your Charts

Junk Charts is a blog by Kaiser Fung, who describes himself as “the Web’s first data visualization critic.” People have been criticizing and prescribing solutions for misleading data visualization for a long time. (How to Lie With Statistics was first … Continue reading

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The arXiv, Curated

The arXiv: a mathematician’s favorite preprint server and semiproductive procrastination enabler. Don’t get a morning newspaper? You can enjoy your breakfast over the arXiv submissions for your favorite area of math. Stuck on that lemma? Might as well surf on … Continue reading

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Michael Pershan’s Problem Problems

I have enjoyed math teacher Michael Pershan’s work for a long time. I follow him on Twitter, and I wrote about his website Math Mistakes a few years ago because, darn it, mistakes are interesting! A couple years ago, he … Continue reading

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Public Domain Math

Many pieces of mathematics — for example, simple geometric shapes and some mathematical formulas — are uncopyrightable or unpatentable. You can’t copyright a square or patent the area formula for a circle. Anyone can use them. But this post is … Continue reading

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Back-to-School Blogs, 2017 Edition

Today, I’m taking my chances with traffic and driving up to Idaho to try to get in the path of eclipse totality. (Fun fact: according to my back-of-the-envelope calculations, if everyone in the country went to the path of totality, … Continue reading

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Conversations with Women of Color in STEM

I online-met Williams College mathematician Pamela Harris last year through Lathisms, a Hispanic Heritage Month project that highlights Latinx and Hispanic mathematicians. She was one of the organizers of the effort, and I spoke with her and another organizer, Gabriel … Continue reading

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Resources for People Who Wanna Present Stuff Good and Do Other Stuff Good Too

Presentations are hard. You’ve been thinking about something for a long time, and you can get tunnel vision. What do you mean, everyone looking at your poster or going to your talk doesn’t already know why you care about the … Continue reading

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