Category Archives: History of Mathematics

Old and New Math Celebrations

With all the news about the coronavirus, the uncertainty, and stress many are currently facing, I wanted to write a post with some levity ¹. What better day than this! Today is both the first International Day of Mathematics (IDM) … Continue reading

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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

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In honor of Black History Month

February 1 marked the beginning of Black History Month. Its origin trace back to 1926, when the historian Carter G. Woodson pioneered “Negro History Week” in the second week of February because it coincided with the birthdays of former US president … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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Putting Math In Context

So, I’ve been eavesdropping on math history Twitter for the better part of a year now and there is one thread of conversation over there that I’ve been wanting to talk about, namely, the question of whether math – the … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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