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Category Archives: Math Communication
So Long, and Thanks for All the Blogs
(You don’t know how long I spent trying to find a word related to math blogging that rhymes with fish.) April 22, 2013, we launched the AMS Blog on Math Blogs with a calendrically appropriate post about the Mathematics of … Continue reading
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Math by the Book
Many mathematicians are familiar with Paul Erdős’s idea of a proof from The Book. The Book was God’s collection of the most beautiful, elegant, and deep proofs. (Never mind the fact that Erdős was an atheist.) In 1998, Martin Aigner … Continue reading
Elevating The Art Of Math(s) Communication
The 2018 Joint Meetings are just around the corner, and lots of great stuff is going on in San Diego. There will be lectures on current events in math, panels and sessions highlighting inclusion in the field and on January … Continue reading
Posted in Current Events, Math Communication
Tagged JPBM Communications Awards, Matt Parker, Vi Hart
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UnJunking your Charts
Junk Charts is a blog by Kaiser Fung, who describes himself as “the Web’s first data visualization critic.” People have been criticizing and prescribing solutions for misleading data visualization for a long time. (How to Lie With Statistics was first … Continue reading
Posted in Data Science, Math Communication, Statistics
Tagged charts, data visualization, graphs
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Resources for People Who Wanna Present Stuff Good and Do Other Stuff Good Too
Presentations are hard. You’ve been thinking about something for a long time, and you can get tunnel vision. What do you mean, everyone looking at your poster or going to your talk doesn’t already know why you care about the … Continue reading
Posted in Events, Math Communication
Tagged conferences, math, math communication, presentations
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Mathematics in the Eye of the Beholder
If you’re like me, you might get as excited about the intricate patterns in a museum’s parquet floor as in the art hanging on the wall. I love seeing the world through a mathematical lens and celebrating the patterns built … Continue reading
Posted in Math Communication
Tagged architecture, foundmath, mathematical art, mathphoto
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Twitter, but for Math, with Toots
Hooray, it’s yet another social network for you to join! I’m skeptical about new social media, but I’ve been seeing enough posts about mathstodon.xyz that I finally caved and got an account. Mathstodon is the math(s) “instance” of mastodon, a … Continue reading
Posted in Math Communication, people in math
Tagged mastodon, mathstodon, social media
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Recommended Reading: Euler, Erdős
Have you ever used an analogy in a conversation only to have the conversation derailed as the person with whom you’re speaking points out that the analogy is not quite perfect in some way? Of course it’s not perfect! If … Continue reading
Posted in Math Communication
Tagged graduate student, Jean Pierre Mutanguha, student blogs
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How to Communicate in a PostTruth World
Fake news is not new. For years I have rolled my eyes and scrolled by quack health and science stories, links from the satirical Borowitz Report shared credulously, and other incorrect information in my Facebook feed. I have often written … Continue reading
Posted in Math Communication
Tagged alternative facts, Election, Facebook, fake news, politics, posttruth
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New PBS Show All About Math
Last week PBS launched a new show on YouTube all about math called Infinite Series. The first three episodes are up and they’re a ton of fun. The show is hosted by Kelsey HoustonEdwards, who is a graduate student at … Continue reading
Posted in Math Communication
Tagged Infinite Series, Kelsey HoustonEdwards, PBS, Pigeon Hole Principle, sphere packing
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