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Category Archives: History of Mathematics
Attention Please! A Roundup of Posts on Other AMS Blogs (Part 1)
Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of posts on other AMS blogs that have piqued my interest and really got me thinking about a variety of different subjects. As we approach the end of this interesting and ohsochallenging year, I … Continue reading
Posted in Blogs, Current Events, History of Mathematics, Math Communication, Math Education, people in math, women in math
Tagged Adi Adiredja, ally, Brian Katz, inclusion/exclusion, Juliette Bruce, LGBTQ+, LGBTQ+Math Day, Living Proof, Math Mamas, queering math, racism, Trans Day of Remembrance
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The TODOS Blog: A Tour
We are almost midway through Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15)! This month marks a national holiday in the United States that began as a way to promote the history, contributions, and culture of HispanicAmericans. The month wouldn’t … Continue reading
Posted in Current Events, Hispanic Heritage Month, History of Mathematics, Issues in Higher Education, K12 Mathematics, Math Communication, Math Education
Tagged Blogs on Math Blogs, Ethnomathematics, Hispanic Heritage Month, lathisms, Latinidad, Mathematics and Voting, mathematics education, TODOS, TODOS Math Blog
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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
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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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
(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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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
Posted in History of Mathematics, Math Communication, Recreational Mathematics, Uncategorized
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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
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