Category Archives: Applied Math

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

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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

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Maps and Math

Gauss’s Theorema Egregium was in the news recently! The news articles didn’t quite put it that way, though. Their headlines were more like, “Boston public schools map switch aims to amend 500 years of distortion.” That’s right, they’re switching from using … Continue reading

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Does This Make Sense?

Some of my favorite questions to ask in class involve drawing up some sort of a mathematical model for my students and asking: does this make sense? Whether matching curves to the heating and cooling laws of my morning coffee, … Continue reading

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Topology in the Limelight

Topology is having a moment. Maybe not as much as this never-ending election season or this Pringles “ringle” with 40,000 retweets and counting (seriously, you should go look—it’s a self-supporting ring of potato chips, need I say more?), but it’s been getting more … Continue reading

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Picture This!

I doubt I’m the only person who sees the front cover of a math book or a conference poster and wants to know more about the picture. That’s why I was excited that when the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics … Continue reading

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Take Me Out To The Stats Game!

Recently, I was hanging out watching the Pirates crumble under the pressure of a wild card game and someone asked me a really good question. Supposing you were busy taking selfies and missed a few plays, but you noticed that … Continue reading

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Botanical Mathematicians

When I clicked on a blog post called “Bamboo Mathematicians,” I assumed it would be about the bamboo multiplication table recently cleaned up and analyzed by researchers at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Those bamboo strips, dating from approximately 305 BCE, … Continue reading

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Money, Money, Money

Ben Bernanke is blogging. (For some reason I find that funny: former Federal Reserve chairmen— they’re just like us!) In March, he started a blog at the Brookings Institution website. Several of the early posts are about explaining (and defending) the … Continue reading

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Turns Out You Can Be Diverse and Segregated At the Same Time

Well, it’s official, I’m an unrelenting fangirl for Dustin Cable’s Racial Dot Map and everything it stands for. If you’re not yet familiar, it’s one of the coolest data visualization projects to come out of the census data. The map … Continue reading

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