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Category Archives: Biomath
Interactive Explorations of Hilbert Curves
One of the most famous and elegant constructions in mathematics is Hilbert’s spacefilling curve. A nice description of Hilbert curves can be seen in Grant Sanderson’s (@3Blue1Brown) video “Hilbert’s Curves: Is Infinite Math Useful?” These curves have an impressive number … Continue reading
Sustainable Mathematics
On September 20, 2019, a series of strikes around the world demanding action against climate change began as part of Global Week for the Future. It inspired me to look into ways mathematics contributes to the growing challenge of sustainability. … Continue reading
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
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
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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Who Is The Antivax Movement? Data Science Explains.
It was all theoretical until Jenny McCarthy gave Sidney Crosby the mumps. Then it got real. Ok, I know that’s a sensationalist — not to mention flagrantly untrue — thing to say, but it’s how I suddenly felt a few … Continue reading
Posted in Biomath, Mathematics and Computing
Tagged data science, data vizualization, math, math and health, Statistics
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e is for Ebola
A recent NPR blog features a few quotes emphasizing a math word that is lamentably absent from many readers’ vocabularies: “It’s spreading and growing exponentially,” President Obama said Tuesday. “This is a disease outbreak that is advancing in an exponential … Continue reading
Posted in Applied Math, Biomath, Math Education, Mathematics and Computing, people in math, Statistics
Tagged Amy Greer, Basic Reproduction Ratio, Caitlyn Rivers, computational epidemiology, David Hartley, Ebola, Effective Reproduction Ratio, Ellsworth Campbell, Exponential growth, IDEA, SIR model
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This is your brain. This is your brain on category theory!
I often ponder whether mathematics is lying around waiting to be discovered or is nonexistent until we invent it. One of the most recent posts at Math Rising led me to a similar question concerning the brain. Has the physical … Continue reading
Posted in Applied Math, Biomath, Theoretical Mathematics
Tagged Biomath, Category Theory, Cognitive Science, Math Rising, Philosophy, science
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