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Category Archives: Mathematics and Computing
Logic ForAll: A Tour
While touring the math blogosphere I was very excited to find ‘Logic ForAll’, a blog dedicated to making math accessible by mathematician and computer scientist Dr. Valeria de Paiva. She also writes in another great blog Women in Logic, which is … Continue reading
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
Traffic and Other Jams
Most people can relate to (or feel) the frustration caused by being stuck in traffic, waiting in a queue to board a plane, or circling the parking lot to find a space. Routes that could take 30 minutes can turn … Continue reading
Diving into the DeepMind podcast
Deepmind, famously known for creating the computer programs AlphaGo and Alpha Zero, features a blog that showcases their current research efforts in artificial intelligence (AI). Their more recent posts include: “How evolutionary selection can train more capable selfdriving cars” by … Continue reading
Sustainable Mathematics
On September 20, 2019, a series of strikes around the world demanding action against climate change began as part of Global Week for the Future. It inspired me to look into ways mathematics contributes to the growing challenge of sustainability. … Continue reading
Wolfram Blogging
“A Very Brief History of Mathematics” is a recorded lecture recently posted to Stephen Wolfram’s podcast. A Boing Boing post describes it as “a fascinating lecture” but also “a spokenword illustration of the problems with his incredible (and incredibly difficult) … Continue reading
Posted in Mathematics and Computing, people in math
Tagged AI, Alan Turing, Daniel Lichtblau, Dirac, internet, mentoring, Sjoerd Smit, Stephen Wolfram, Wolfram Blog
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On Technology And Harm
Fictional stories about putting too much trust in technology often involve armies of killer robots. But what if some of today’s real threats of improperly checked technology are less thrilling but nevertheless harmful or even deadly? On the bitplayer blog, … Continue reading
Posted in Data Science, Mathematics and Computing
Tagged algorithm, Brian Hayes, Cathy O'Neil, disaster, hazard, mathbabe.org, plane crash, technology
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On the National Girls Collaborative Project’s blog
In the U.S., March is Women’s History Month. The vision of the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) is to “bring together organizations throughout the United States that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, … Continue reading
Posted in Issues in Higher Education, K12 Mathematics, Math Education, Mathematics and Computing, people in math, women in math
Tagged Ashley Stenzel, computer science, Émilie du Châtelet, Grace Hopper, National Girls Collaborative Project, physics, Robin Stevens Payes, Women's History Month
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The Fat Tech Cat Diet
Like much of the world, I seem to live in a permanent state of vexation about technology, privacy, and how to survive in a world where so many access points are guarded by hungry algorithm crunching data trolls. This is … Continue reading
Posted in Data Science, Mathematics and Computing
Tagged algorithms, Apple, Cathy O'Neil, Google, privacy, Tech
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The Blockchain Party
Maybe you think bitcoin is silly, maybe you think it’s dangerous and socially irresponsible, maybe you’re a bitcoin millionaire (in which case, hi), or maybe you are desperate to join the blockchain party. Whatever your stance, it seems that you … Continue reading