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On Michael Atiyah and the Riemann Hypothesis
At the 2018 Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), Sir Michael Atiyah gave a lecture in which he claimed to have found a proof for the Riemann hypothesis. If Atiyah’s proof holds up, then the nearly 160 year problem concerning the distribution of primes … Continue reading
On The ‘Math Section’ Blog
Swiss mathematician Elias Wirth created the “Math Section” blog earlier this month. Even though the blog is new, he’s already written several interesting posts, like this one about using the mean value theorem to catch speeding motorists. In an interview … Continue reading
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Tagged applied mathematics, Elias Wirth, LaTeX, Math Section, Matlab, mean value theorem, Terrence Tao
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Musings on a Mathematician’s Duties
As I mentioned in my last post, I wish a genie would grant me thorough understanding of the proof Shinichi Mochizuki proposed for the abc conjecture. Much of this wish is motivated by a desire for the divisive debate to … Continue reading
Posted in Math Communication, Number Theory, Publishing in Math, Uncategorized
Tagged ABC conjecture, duties, ethics, IUT theory, mathematicians
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On Math Anxiety
Just below the placid surface is an infinite wellspring of anxiety. Image courtesy of Christopher Michel via Flickr CC. Math anxiety is so real. We’ve always kind of known it, but a study confirmed it in 2017. By reading the … Continue reading
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Return Of The Bots
Bots have been getting some extra love on the internet these days, particularly in the form of the I Forced A Bot meme. So I thought it would be a good time to revisit all things bot, neural network and … Continue reading
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Tagged AI, AIweirdness, bots, deep learning, entertainment, Janelle Shane, Natalie Wolchover, neural networks
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Some Math for Wedding Season
It’s that time of year when happy friend and family gather to celebrate the entry of two singletons into forever tupledom. That inevitable mapping from the set of people into the set of pairs of people, with its ever changing … Continue reading
Bees and Bombs
His name is Dave, he used to do physics, now he makes GIFs. Dave is known on Twitter as beesandbombs and he has a Tumblr of the same name. David Whyte studied theoretical physics as an undergraduate at Trinity College … Continue reading
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Some Stories of Journals Behaving Badly
Hoax papers have a long and timehonored history. Ten years ago a group of students from MIT wrote a program that randomly generated totally nonsensical computer science papers. One of their bogus papers was accepted by a conference and it … Continue reading
Searching For Einstein
No, not Einstein. We’re searching for einstein. Literally “ein Stein,” which translated from German means “one stone.” The one stone we’re looking for is a very special type of tile which, when repeated, can cover an infinite floor without leaving … Continue reading
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Tagged hexagonal tiling, Michael Rao, Mikesmathpage, pentagonal tiling, tilings
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Cook’s Take on Benford
Lately, I’ve been having fun reading John D Cook’s Blog. Cook is an applied mathematics consultant who blogs and tweets up a storm about all sorts of topics mathematical, statistical, computational, and scientific. He maintains 18 daily tip Twitter feeds … Continue reading
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