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Category Archives: Theoretical Mathematics
What Wish Would You Ask a Math Genie to Grant?
“If a genie offered to give you a thorough understanding of one theorem, what theorem would you choose?” blogger John D. Cook recently asked on his @AnalysisFact Twitter account. Responses ranged from the names of theorems to questions about the … Continue reading
Topology in the Limelight
Topology is having a moment. Maybe not as much as this neverending election season or this Pringles “ringle” with 40,000 retweets and counting (seriously, you should go look—it’s a selfsupporting ring of potato chips, need I say more?), but it’s been getting more … Continue reading
Medaling Mathematicians
You may consider the Fields Medal a boon to the mathematical community as it showcases amazing young mathematicians and brings math into the limelight. Or you may view the Fields Medal as an unfortunate reinforcement of the notion that mathematics … Continue reading
Mathematician Presents Flawed Proof – in a work of fiction
Following Evelyn’s last post about the new Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics, I will now discuss the opposite of wild mathematical success. Depending on how excited you are about public speaking, the moments before giving a talk at a math conference may be … Continue reading
Summer Reading List
My Summer Reading List Having an industry job, I will not have any real change in my routine as summer hits. But I still think of summer as the season of reading for pleasure. So what are some new … Continue reading
CrowdFunded Mathematics
What if your research was funded by 100 strangers who had read your research proposal online and clicked “donate”? You’d feel responsible to write about your research in a more widely accessible way. You might pledge to provide monthly updates … Continue reading
Posted in Applied Math, Math Education, Theoretical Mathematics
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Discovering Proofs
Patrick Stevens is an undergraduate mathematics student at the University of Cambridge, and I’ve really been enjoying his blog recently. He’s been doing a series of posts about discovering proofs of standard real analysis theorems. He writes that the series … Continue reading
Posted in Math Education, Theoretical Mathematics
Tagged analysis, Patrick Stevens, real analysis, teaching analysis
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Awesome K12 Math Teachers Exist! And they have blogs.
I sometimes get tired of hearing about how “teachers (meaning K12 teachers) just don’t understand this or that, or won’t try doing something new,” or are deficient in some way or another. We often advise teachers to let go of … Continue reading
Geometry and the Imagination
If you like geometric group theory or amazing pictures (but especially geometric group theory), you might want to start reading Geometry and the Imagination, written by University of Chicago mathematician Danny Calegari. I’ve been following it for a while, but … Continue reading
Why Should We Fund Math Research?
As my coblogger Brie Finegold mentioned last month, Cathy O’Neil of mathbabe.org has been writing about how MOOCs might change the face of math departments and, ultimately, how math research gets funded. O’Neil is concerned that without calculus classes to … Continue reading