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Category Archives: Applied Math
Traffic and Other Jams
Most people can relate to (or feel) the frustration caused by being stuck in traffic, waiting in a queue to board a plane, or circling the parking lot to find a space. Routes that could take 30 minutes can turn … Continue reading
Math for Crime Fighting
On New Year’s Eve 2019, abc13 News posted a story about using mathematics to tease out the details of a crash that killed a father and two young boys. The driver who hit them was sentenced to 60 years … Continue reading
A Tour of the Chalkdust Magazine Blog
Chalkdust Magazine (“for the mathematically curious”) and the associated blog are a treat. Anna wrote a post last year in which she described the magazine as “filled with as much mathematical goodness as a fresh unopened box of Hagoromo “Fulltouch” chalk.” … Continue reading
(Re)Discovering Identities
In November, I ran across a very interesting article in QuantaMagazine “Neutrinos Lead to Unexpected Discovery in Basic Math“ by Natalie Wolchover. She described the discovery that three physicists — Stephen Parke (Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory), Xining Zhang (University of Chicago) … Continue reading
Joining the 3D Printed Revolution
While browsing the math blogosphere on Twitter, I found myself diving into the wonderful 3D printing posts. Back in 2014, Evelyn Lamb wrote a post in this blog called “The Revolution Will Be 3D Printed”. Inspired by the title, I … Continue reading
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
Diving into the DeepMind podcast
Deepmind, famously known for creating the computer programs AlphaGo and Alpha Zero, features a blog that showcases their current research efforts in artificial intelligence (AI). Their more recent posts include: “How evolutionary selection can train more capable selfdriving cars” by … 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
Uncovering ‘What if?’ and ‘Why?’ in the A.I. era
Artificial intelligence, which has been extensively developed in the last few decades, cares about the power of a machine to copy intelligent human behavior. As humans, we make decisions every day that rely on the cause and effects of our … Continue reading
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Mathematical oncology blog posts
In July, The Mathematical Oncology Blog was launched. This community blog, which focuses on mathematical and computational oncology, is looking for contributors. Presently, the blog has several posts and seems to be off to an great start. I find it … Continue reading