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Category Archives: History of Mathematics
(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
Let’s Talk About Viral Equations
Recently, there was a viral post about solving the equation below: Many mathematicians and social media powerhouses have weighed in on what the answer should be. But, why has this equation led to a lot of debate? This is not … Continue reading
Inclusive Math History
Earlier this month, Anna announced on Twitter “It’s finally happened, I got tapped to teach History of Math. Since I cover so much of the euro white guy stuff in number theory, I want to do a People’s History of … Continue reading
Posted in History of Mathematics, Issues in Higher Education, K12 Mathematics, Math Education, people in math, Uncategorized, women in math
Tagged biographies, David Richeson, Division by Zero, Evelyn Lamb, Fermat's Last Theorem, inclusion/exclusion blog, Katherine Johnson, Mike Lawler, Mike's Math Page, Sophie Germaine
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On Mathematical Superpowers and Black History Month
“Which MATHEMATICAL superpower would you prefer?” Ben Orlin asked on his Math with Bad Drawings blog. He offered readers three superpower options: super approximation, or “the ability to immediately answer any numerical question to within 20% accuracy,” super visualization, or … Continue reading
Join In The Fun For #Noethember
The Inktober design challenge was created in 2009 by Jake Parker, an illustrator, writer and teacher based in Provo, Utah. Worldwide, thousands of artists participate in this endeavor, which challenges them to create ink drawings (pencil sketches under the ink … Continue reading
Radical Notation
There was one day in my life when I got a standing ovation in a calculus class. I’ll admit, it was an extra special group of students who were prone to spontaneous outbursts of enthusiasm. Business Calc, amiright? But it … Continue reading
Posted in History of Mathematics
Tagged Dave Richeson, Jeff Miller, Math Overflow, Notation, Wolfram
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A Not Too Mathy Math Blog
Lauren Miller’s favorite number is 23. “I really liked being 23, that was the year I decided to become a mathematician,” Miller told me over burgers and beers in Claremont, California this week. After taking a circuitous route through education … Continue reading
Posted in History of Mathematics, Math Education
Tagged Ada Lovelace, Girls Who Code, Lauren Miller, Life By Number, SageDays
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Public Domain Math
Many pieces of mathematics — for example, simple geometric shapes and some mathematical formulas — are uncopyrightable or unpatentable. You can’t copyright a square or patent the area formula for a circle. Anyone can use them. But this post is … Continue reading
They Answered The Call Of Numbers
“Hidden Figures is a book about people like you, who answered the call of numbers,” said the author Margot Lee Shetterly, addressing a packed room at the Joint Math Meetings in Atlanta this January. The book, which tells the story … Continue reading