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Category Archives: Applied Math
Introducing Vanessa!
Starting this month, Vanessa Rivera Quiñones (@MissVRiveraQ) will be coediting the blog with me! She received her Ph.D. in mathematics this year from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and she’s currently looking for a job in Belgium. Last year, … 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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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
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
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
Topology in the Limelight
Topology is having a moment. Maybe not as much as this neverending election season or this Pringles “ringle” with 40,000 retweets and counting (seriously, you should go look—it’s a selfsupporting ring of potato chips, need I say more?), but it’s been getting more … Continue reading
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
Posted in Applied Math
Tagged Anna Seigal, applied topology, cat pictures, graduate school, math, mathematics, Rachael Boyd
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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
Posted in Applied Math, Data Science, Math Education
Tagged Baseball, Laura McLay, Sharon Jones, Sports Analytics, Tim Chartier
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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
Posted in Applied Math, Biomath
Tagged bamboo, biology, botany, Carl Zimmer, cicadas, mathematical models of evolution, plants
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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