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A sampling of glorious snow math
Lately, the weather has seemed to taunt me. By traveling back from my family’s Thanksgiving festivities on November 24, I narrowly missed driving through a multistate blizzard that slowed portions of my partner’s November 25 return down to a crawl. … Continue reading
Thoughts on writing math books for kids
Kids’ math books: I’m not talking about textbooks, but rather cheerful maththemed picture books parents might give to wideeyed, excited kids as holiday gifts, books that take mathobsessed kids on journeys to learning thrilling new math outside the walls of … Continue reading
Join In The Fun For #Noethember
The Inktober design challenge was created in 2009 by Jake Parker, an illustrator, writer and teacher based in Provo, Utah. Worldwide, thousands of artists participate in this endeavor, which challenges them to create ink drawings (pencil sketches under the ink … Continue reading
A Tour of Robert Kaplinsky’s Online Resources
Robert Kaplinsky is a math educator and presenter. He also cofounded Open Middle, a website that encourages problems which require “a higher Depth of Knowledge than most problems that assess procedural and conceptual understanding,” according to the Open Middle website. These “open middle … Continue reading
Posted in K12 Mathematics, Math Education, people in math, Recreational Mathematics
Tagged mTBos, ObserveMe, Open Middle, Robert Kaplinsky
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On Michael Atiyah and the Riemann Hypothesis
At the 2018 Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), Sir Michael Atiyah gave a lecture in which he claimed to have found a proof for the Riemann hypothesis. If Atiyah’s proof holds up, then the nearly 160 year problem concerning the distribution of primes … Continue reading
On The ‘Math Section’ Blog
Swiss mathematician Elias Wirth created the “Math Section” blog earlier this month. Even though the blog is new, he’s already written several interesting posts, like this one about using the mean value theorem to catch speeding motorists. In an interview … Continue reading
Posted in Applied Math, people in math, Uncategorized
Tagged applied mathematics, Elias Wirth, LaTeX, Math Section, Matlab, mean value theorem, Terrence Tao
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On Tricurves
Tim Lexen, a mechanical engineer in Cumberland, Wisconsin, wrote a post about tricurves for the Aperiodical. As their name implies, tricurves are sortof triangle cousins which have three sides, but instead of having three straight edges, each of their sides are … Continue reading
Posted in Mathematics and the Arts, Recreational Mathematics
Tagged GeoGebra, tiling, Tim Lexin, triangle, tricurve
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Musings on a Mathematician’s Duties
As I mentioned in my last post, I wish a genie would grant me thorough understanding of the proof Shinichi Mochizuki proposed for the abc conjecture. Much of this wish is motivated by a desire for the divisive debate to … Continue reading
Posted in Math Communication, Number Theory, Publishing in Math, Uncategorized
Tagged ABC conjecture, duties, ethics, IUT theory, mathematicians
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What Wish Would You Ask a Math Genie to Grant?
“If a genie offered to give you a thorough understanding of one theorem, what theorem would you choose?” blogger John D. Cook recently asked on his @AnalysisFact Twitter account. Responses ranged from the names of theorems to questions about the … Continue reading