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On Technology And Harm
Fictional stories about putting too much trust in technology often involve armies of killer robots. But what if some of today’s real threats of improperly checked technology are less thrilling but nevertheless harmful or even deadly? On the bitplayer blog, … Continue reading
Posted in Data Science, Mathematics and Computing
Tagged algorithm, Brian Hayes, Cathy O'Neil, disaster, hazard, mathbabe.org, plane crash, technology
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A roundup of advice for writing about mathematics
April is Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month, a time for increasing the understanding and appreciation of those fields. One way to communicate the joy and importance of math and stats? Through our writing. Just last month, the Early Career Section … Continue reading
On the National Girls Collaborative Project’s blog
In the U.S., March is Women’s History Month. The vision of the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) is to “bring together organizations throughout the United States that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, … Continue reading
Posted in Issues in Higher Education, K12 Mathematics, Math Education, Mathematics and Computing, people in math, women in math
Tagged Ashley Stenzel, computer science, Émilie du Châtelet, Grace Hopper, National Girls Collaborative Project, physics, Robin Stevens Payes, Women's History Month
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Babies, math class and parents with STEM careers
CNN, the Washington Post, BBC News and other publications recently covered a viral news story about a U.S. mathematics professor. The story didn’t focus on mathematical research or groundbreaking teaching techniques. Instead, it was about a professor holding a student’s … Continue reading
A tour of Dan Meyer’s blog
While I was recently cruising through the mathematical blogosphere, I landed on a post I enjoyed on Dan Meyer’s dy/dan blog. The post, titled “Stats Teachers: 2019 Is Your Year,” discusses proposed tax rates and using classroom examples to help students become “smarter … Continue reading
Posted in Math Education, people in math
Tagged Dan Meyer, engagement, fake world math, incorrect answers, math mistakes, teaching
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On Mathematical Superpowers and Black History Month
“Which MATHEMATICAL superpower would you prefer?” Ben Orlin asked on his Math with Bad Drawings blog. He offered readers three superpower options: super approximation, or “the ability to immediately answer any numerical question to within 20% accuracy,” super visualization, or … Continue reading
Some mathematical cheer
I might be stating the obvious here, but the longest partial government shutdown to date gave the U.S. a rocky start to 2019. Though the government has reopened (read the AMS announcement about it here), a longterm solution still needs … Continue reading
On the mathematical wedding controversy
Multiple news sites recently reported about a wedding planned between two mathematicians in which the happy couple decided to reveal their guests’ dinner seating arrangements as the answers to math problems.
On vision and mathematics
Today, I’m reflecting on vision and mathematics. That’s largely because as I write this, I’m also simultaneously evaluating whether a new computer I received as an early Christmas present is going to be a good fit for me or if … Continue reading
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