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Author Archives: evelynjlamb
So Long, and Thanks for All the Blogs
(You don’t know how long I spent trying to find a word related to math blogging that rhymes with fish.) April 22, 2013, we launched the AMS Blog on Math Blogs with a calendrically appropriate post about the Mathematics of … Continue reading
Posted in Math Communication
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Math by the Book
Many mathematicians are familiar with Paul Erdős’s idea of a proof from The Book. The Book was God’s collection of the most beautiful, elegant, and deep proofs. (Never mind the fact that Erdős was an atheist.) In 1998, Martin Aigner … Continue reading
Posted in Math Communication
Tagged math books, mathematical fiction
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Genius Revisited
Three years ago, I wrote two posts (post 1, post 2) about math, the media, and the genius myth, the idea that in order to be successful in math, you have to be born with some particular talent. They’re good … Continue reading
Blind Review Review
Theoretical computer scientists have been talking about double blind peer review, and it’s an interesting discussion. The current incarnation of this discussion started when Rasmus Pagh and Suresh Venkatasubramanian used a double blind refereeing process for submissions to the ALENEX18 … Continue reading
Gold Medal Math
For the past week and a half or so, my computer browser has been finding its way to NBC’s Olympics coverage while I’m supposed to be doing other things. I might have a different answer the next time I watch … Continue reading
How to Have an Excellent E Day
Tomorrow, February 7, is e Day! This year is the best year to celebrate the base of the natural logarithm because, like Pi Day 2015, the year lines up along with the month and day. Hurrah! People who prefer the … Continue reading
Math with Martin
Most teachers and students in the U.S. didn’t have math class today because of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday. But when you get back to the classroom, the online math world has some suggestions of how to incorporate … Continue reading
Posted in K12 Mathematics, Math Education
Tagged Martin Luther King Jr, math education, MLK Day, social justice, statistics education
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Crunching the Numbers on Energy Efficiency
This fall and winter, I’ve been making some improvements around the house. I’ve gotten some new furniture, added several new houseplants, and added a handrail to the uneven front steps. The big project now is energy efficiency. It’s a bit … Continue reading
Posted in Applied Math
Tagged climate change, climate science, energy efficiency
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News in Numbers and Nurturing Numeracy
My attention span is a little short right now. There’s always the news, of course, but the lack of daylight around the end of the year gives me a weird combination of restlessness and lethargy. That’s why one of my … Continue reading
Posted in Current Events
Tagged Fawn Nguyen, fivethirtyeight
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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