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Category Archives: Applied Math
ThatsMaths: A Tour
ThatsMaths is a blog by Peter Lynch, an emeritus professor of the University College Dublin’s School of Mathematics and Statistics. Many of the posts on the blog are articles that Lynch has written for the Irish Times. Please join me … Continue reading
Posted in Applied Math, Biomath, Blogs, History of Mathematics, Mathematics and the Arts, people in math, Statistics
Tagged Bernhard Bolzano, Jordan Curve Theorem, Katsushika Hokusai, Muriel Bristol, Peter Lynch, pursuit problems, rogue waves
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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
Posted in Applied Math, Game Theory, Mathematics and Computing, Physics, Traffic Modeling
Tagged airplane boarding, applied math, blogs, modeling, optimization, simulations, Traffic
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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
Posted in Applied Math, Blogs, Interactive, Math Communication, Math Education, people in math, Recreational Mathematics
Tagged brewing, Christmas, fractional polygons, holidays, knot theory, lights, ponytail, representation, tangles, tiling, treegonometry
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(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
Posted in Applied Math, History of Mathematics, Linear Algebra, Physics, Recreational Mathematics
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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
Posted in 3D printing, Applied Math, Interactive, Math Education, Recreational Mathematics, Visualizations
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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
Posted in Applied Math, Biomath, Book/App, Interactive, Math Communication, Mathematics and the Arts, Publishing in Math, Visualizations
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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
Posted in Applied Math, Artificial Intelligence, Current Events, Math Communication, Mathematics and Computing
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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
Posted in Applied Math, Artificial Intelligence, Biomath, Current Events, Data Science, Math Education, Mathematics and Computing, Sustainability
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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
Posted in Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Statistics
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