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Category Archives: Current Events
Updates on Gerrymandering
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month on gerrymandering. “In a 54 decision along traditional conservativeliberal ideological lines, the Supreme Court ruled that partisan redistricting is a political question — not reviewable by federal courts — and that those courts … Continue reading
Planet Math
I was recently talking to a friend of mine about real estate. In particular, he was interested in buying a beautiful house on a beautiful street with bright new siding and a shiny array of solar panels. We had the … Continue reading
Pride Month And Math
June is Pride Month. June 28, 2019 is also the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots/uprising that marked the beginning of a new era in the fight for rights and freedoms for LGBTQ+ folks in America and around the world. … Continue reading
The Best and Worst of 2018
We’ve made it through another year! So as is the custom, here’s a quick roundup of the best and worst things that happened in 2018. In math. Best of 2018 There were two really exciting developments in quantum computing this … Continue reading
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Tagged ABC conjecture, Ewin Tang, Harvard, MAA, Peter SwinnertonDyer, quantum computing, Teaching Evaluations, Urmila Mahadev
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Not Those Midterms
I was reminded recently of a time a few years ago when I sent my students an email on November 4, 2014 with the following addendum “P.S. Don’t forget to vote in the midterms today.” The next day I was … Continue reading
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Tagged Brian Hayes, counting, Election, gerrymandering, Justin Solomon, Laura Albert, Midterms, moon duchin, queueing theory, voting
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On Michael Atiyah and the Riemann Hypothesis
At the 2018 Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), Sir Michael Atiyah gave a lecture in which he claimed to have found a proof for the Riemann hypothesis. If Atiyah’s proof holds up, then the nearly 160 year problem concerning the distribution of primes … Continue reading
The Thing Last Week With That Sexist Paper
Once again the mathematical world is rocked with scandal. Let me get you quickly up to speed. It started when a controversial paper on the variability hypothesis was accepted to the Mathematical Intelligencer. Shortly thereafter, University of Chicago mathematics professor … Continue reading
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Tagged computational biology, Larry Summers, Lior Patcher, sexism, terry tao, timothy gowers, variability hypothesis
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Some Math About Guns
Turns out it can be really difficult to understand our collective relationship to guns, gun violence, and gun control. What seems to be obvious to some, runs completely counter to others. This was illustrated nowhere better than in the recent … Continue reading
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Tagged Aphyr, data, Induction Ex Machina, Kyle Kingsbury, Mark Reid, public policy, R
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Are Smart Cities Really That Smart?
Lately I’ve been reading a lot of science fiction, and also a lot of articles about smart cities. And the two seem to be converging to a single point. I’m not entirely sure what “smart city” means as a term … Continue reading
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Tagged Credit Score, PunkRockOR, Science Fiction, Smart Cities, Transportation
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The NSF Gets Serious And #MeToo
It looks like the NSF is finally getting serious about its stance on researching funding and harassment in the sciences. Two years ago in January 2016, in an official statement, the NSF threatened to pull funding from Universities that didn’t … Continue reading